April 3, 2016 Hours spent building to date: 2,338
Back at work after our trip to Florida. Most of this isn’t very visual, but things are moving along:
— Ray helped me start varnishing the deck beams, since taping them off would be a huge amount of work after the roof goes on. That’s the next big project.
— Scarphed, glued and installed the rubrail base. This was a challenge because I couldn’t use the Lackey Method and manufacture and install it in one sweeping curve. There was just too much bend in the bow, so I had to screw laminations to the sheer strake one at a time over three days. That led to the always-awkward joining of a laminated section to a solid section. The laminations tend to make an uneven scarph, since the radius of each piece around the bow is just a little bit bigger as each layer goes on, and the scarph gets too long. But epoxy cures all and the final result is okay — and will be really okay when covered with the mahogany caprail.
— Finished up all the interior priming, and started work on the plumbing. This caused hours of head-scratching since the various filters, faucets and tanks have at least five different-sized fittings, all of which will require adapters.