Foredeck Is In

November 1, 2015  Hours spent building to date:  1,623

A light week highlighted by a visit from our friends Bjorn and Louise from Sweden.  Lots of time touring around in the best weather and most brilliant foliage I can remember after 30 years in Connecticut.

Bjorn helped me with the foredeck a couple times, saving a lot of work for me by handling all the scribing and fitting from the ladder, while I cut and glued from inside the boat.  First layer went on nicely.  I tried to hold the whole works together with Gorilla Tape to pattern the second layer, but it was a failure — climbing off the boat, the taped assembly starting bending and breaking apart.  Luckily, I had enough witness marks to recreate the shape on a full sheet of plywood.

Sometimes you just get lucky.  I had anticipated a couple hours rasping and sanding and fitting, but when I dropped the top layer of plywood into the boat it was a perfect fit — the edges couldn’t be any closer.  A small piece up by the stem, epoxy, screws and done.

I should note that final fittings of the beams was a head scratcher.  The plans say they go into the bottom half of the shear clamp, creating a nice toe rail around the foredeck area.  But it doesn’t make any sense to notch in beams, when all the pressure is from above.  So I used strong metal straps and L-brackets, in addition to epoxy for the fastening.  In retrospect, I think I could have notched the beams in from the top, since there’s a bulwark surrounding the whole foredeck.  But I also like the safety of a toe rail and bulwark.  Since the fittings don’t show and are super-strong, I’m happy with the way it all came out.

First layer of plyw, those ood on foredeck.  By Tardis standards those seams are hairlines!

First layer of plywood lightly fastened to the beams.. By Tardis standards those seams are hairlines!

First layer held together with Gorilla tape.

First layer held together with Gorilla tape.

Final layer -- one seam!

Final layer — one seam!

The foredeck is now tested at the 168 pound level.

The foredeck is now tested at the 168 pound level.

Metal straps and epoxy hold the beams in.  Lots of sqeezeout -- this is good.

Metal straps and epoxy hold the beams in. Lots of sqeezeout — this is good.

This is our dog Fredi in her Halloween costume.  She considers herself quite a ballplayer.

This is our dog Fredi in her Halloween costume. She considers herself quite a ballplayer.

 

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