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Project Log:  Saturday, July 30, 2011

After a couple weeks of vacation, I was anxious to get back to work.  Picking up where I left off before vacation, I continued with the dinette platform installation. 

This was a straightforward process.  After applying a bead of adhesive to the cleats and bearing surfaces, I installed each of the three platform sections with bronze screws, securing each section tightly into the adhesive. 

With all sections installed, I applied an epoxy fillet to the joint between platform and hull, and filled the screw holes and seams between the plywood sections (more for final appearance than anything else).  Finally, I installed 6" biaxial tabbing to secure the platform to the hull along its outer edge.


Meanwhile, I spent a fair bit of time researching future aspects of the project, mainly various equipment choices.  This undocumented activity always seemed to require inordinate amounts of time, but I supposed it was a necessary evil and all part of the process.  What one would do without the Internet as a research tool (with all the trials and tribulations thereunto) for this sort of thing I cannot imagine.

Among the items I spent time researching were galley stoves (which I planned to purchase shortly so I could construct the galley side of the cabin); pilothouse seating (I read on a respected cruiser's website that they suggest auto-type chairs, rather than "marine" chairs, because of their comfort, durability, and significantly lower cost, and I thought this was an interesting idea, but knew nothing of automotive equipment, so it took most of an afternoon to acquaint myself with some of the options); more on the cabin heat and domestic water heater; and even future navigation software/hardware options.

In addition, I spent time in the boat envisioning some of the structures yet to come--particularly the dinette backrest/locker configuration and the galley layout.  I'd build a mockup, but first needed to get an idea of what I wanted to do; plus, I had no materials for a mockup on hand, so that would have to wait till I could obtain what I needed.

As much as I wanted (and planned) to continue interior construction, I also had to think about my cockpit locker construction/modifications.  I intended to close in the open sections of the cockpit seating areas, creating a proper propane storage locker and other enclosed storage lockers.  To this end, I ordered some materials I'd need to have on hand to begin this process, and hoped to get that underway soon.

Later, once the new fiberglass cured, I performed my habitual light sanding, completing the process.

A small paneling loose end remained:  closing off the space beneath the V-berth.  This was a relatively simple operation, though I had to add an extension cleat at the top end so that the panel could fit properly in place because of a similarly-sized solid wood threshold (original) at the bottom. 

This done, I cut a 1/2" cherry panel to size and installed it with glue and screws, bunging the screw holes as needed.  Later on, I trimmed the bungs and applied a sealer coat of varnish.


Total Time Today:  4 hours (spread over two work sessions)

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