2376Hrs – Snow Progress
Winter finally arrived properly this morning with the first real covering of snow, actually it was a pretty feeble effort and it had turned to rain by lunchtime. I pushed on though and started the day by getting the final two planks glued onto the mast beam. I know I said I was going to do one a day but I’m going down to the London Boat Show tomorrow so I wanted to get ahead a bit!
I didn’t really have any doubts about the strength of the cross beams but now that I have the mast beam made up to full thickness it’s easier to appreciate just what hefty pieces of timber they are. I can just about lift the short mast beam on my own but I’ll need help moving the longer main beams.
The rest of todays work session was taken up with the fitting of more hatches and ports. I fitted 3 hatches, one over the port forward berth, one over the starboard double berth and one over the starboard aft berth. I also fitted 2 ports in the starboard main cabin, the opening one on the aft cabin top and the long fixed one in the outboard cabin side. All that remains now is to fit the round perspex ones on the forward cabin tops. I stupidly used the bedding compound on the ones I fitted in the starboard side, I don’t know why because it I should have used silicone. I’ll have to oik them out, clean them up and do it again properly.
Once these ports are fitted I’ll start thinking about constructing the 5 remaining hatchways and coamings. I have a few ideas for the design all somewhat different from the basic ones on the Wharram plans. More on that later.
As I mentioned I’m off down to London tomorrow with a long list of things to look for, not least the electrical system and water system. It’s going to be a long day but I’m looking forward to it. See you later!