February 28, 2016 Hours spent building to date: 2,208
Working around jury duty (very interesting), I finished up the aft bulkhead and went to work on the roof extension that forms a nice rounded canopy over the cockpit. Fairly complex joinery (and more beams to make), but the pagoda-like structure that results is quite good looking.
Also built in the cooktop and microwave cabinet. That process illustrates why some things on the boat take so long. I started out with a shelf, but it would interfere with the area forward of the bulkhead that has to be kept clear for a secondary helm station. Then I thought about an open-backed box, but there was no way to secure it to the cabin sides. I ended up with an over-sized closed box reaching clear back to the cabin sides with plenty of room and holes for ventilation. A sturdy brace and angle brackets hold up the front. It’s a tight fit to the microwave on the sides and plywood clips hold the feet on the microwave in place to keep it from sliding out. But all this tinkering blew off about a day.
Today was sanding and filling day up forward, but no pictures until the primer goes on.