2471Hrs – A Bit Of This A Bit Of That
I’d intended to start putting the engine wells together today but when I started looking at the job I realised something was wrong. On the plans it is shown that the top sides of the wells are made up from two layers of 12mm ply but the sloping sides and the fronts as only one layer. It didn’t seem right and looking at the photos I’d taken of the engine wells on Jacques ‘Pilgrim’ I was proved correct. The sloping sides and the fronts should also be two layers.
I was a tad annoyed as I was all fired up to put them together but instead I spent a couple of hours cutting out the additional pieces and glueing them together. I’ll have another go tomorrow.
Once that job was done I had a closer look at the stock of hardwood that was delivered the other day for the lashing strakes. I’m using a west African hardwood called Utile.
These strakes go down the sides of the hulls and are used to lash the beams to. The strakes sit on hardwood spacers 200mm x 70mm which are glued and screwed to the hull spaced 200mm apart and following the line of the hull stringer. Initially I was at a loss as to the best way of finding the stringer from the outside of the hull. It’s important to do so because these pads need to be screwed in very firmly. In the end I decided to eliminate any risk and drill small pilot holes through the centre of the stringer from inside the hull. I just did a few to prove the theory to myself but I’ve worked out that there are something like 80 of these spacers to make, glue and screw before the lashing strake itself can be fitted. Another big job to do.
After that I moved onto the deckpod. I’ve decided to make the floor about 80mm (3.5 inches) lower than the plans, enough to give a little more headroom but without risking wave slap underneath. It was fairly straightforward to mark, measure, cut and glue the front and back panels in place.
Thanks again to Chuck for his cautionary comment about ‘custom’ building to fit items of equipment that may subsequently break or become redundant. It’s a valid point and something I’ve tried to keep in mind during the build. In the case of the cool box though I’m comfortable with my plan, in effect I’m just building a locker big enough to take the box. There will be room to lift the box in and out and with it out there will just be a bigger storage locker. I really do appreciate commets like these though because they act as a great backstop to you doing something daft.
To be honest I’ve not worked particularly well today, I’ve flitted from job to job and my brain wasn’t fully functioning, but at least I’ve made a bit more progress and I plan to have a more focused day tomoorow