3462Hrs – All Decked Out
I was eager to crack on with the forward decks this morning but I had to be patient as the screws I needed didn’t arrive until lunchtime. I even had to give the posty a tour of the boat before I could get on!
I spent the morning tatting about really. I got everything ready for fitting the decks, I cleaned out the heads compartment ready to start work, I made up a work bench for manufacturing the gaffs and tillers, and I spent some time pondering a roof for the deck pod. I may well have had a genius idea for that but I’ll keep my powder dry on it for now.
Once the posty left me in peace I was able to get on with the job in hand. The planks for the forward decks are laid with tapered gaps, 11.5mm at the forward end and 4mm at the aft end, I also made up 6.5mm and 9mm spacers for the intermediate bearers to ensure that the planks went down straight. It was mighty pleasing to screw in the last planks on the outboard edges and see that not only did they fit the hull curvature perfectly but that the gaps were identical port and starboard.
Tomorrow I need to trim the ends to the beams properly, cut the clearance holes for the beam lashings and close the deck edges.
I noticed that there is a fair bit of ‘spring’ when walking on these new decks and although I am pretty confident the Cedar is strong enough I might add some more strengtheners underneath just to be sure.
Anyway I’m really pleased with this weeks work…. she’s coming on 🙂