810Hrs – Sleeping On The Job
My main job today has been the support joinery beneath the main double berth in the starboard hull. I’ve opted for quite a strong frame as I don’t want any collapsed berth embarrassments! I will have a couple of lifting panels for access from the top but I will probably put a big access hatch in the front bulkhead to make a crawl space access to the large storage area beneath the bunk. The area of the hull where the berth is situated is the area with the worst hull ‘wobble’, that was the other reason I opted for a strong support frame as it will pull everything fair. To that end I employed my ratchet straps again to pull the hullside in fair whilst I measured up, cut and dry fitted the frame. I won’t glue it in position until I’ve filleted and painted the area beneath.
My paint trial went well, it seems that as long as the epoxy surfaces are well washed to remove the amine blush and then lightly key sanded, this rubberised chlorinated paint works well. Its easy to brush, covers well and dries fairly quickly. I was confident enough to give the bow compartment in the port hull two coats today. It looks good but again I will check the adhesion when it has fully dried before doing any more.
To finish the work session I glued my berth supports to the bulkheads and then glued the frame itself together.
I am quite pleased with progress today but I have a horrible feeling that the weather over the next few days is going to slow things down.