Sunday, January 30, 2011
Yesterday, I cut the other floor panel and glued them down. It is one solid floor! I think I've succeeded in building a floor/grid structure that will be able to absorb the mast and keel loads while remaining lightweight. I also ran the vent lines for the water tanks and added another coat of epoxy in the tanks and then sealed them up by adding the floor panels above. I used 3/8 ply for this because putting down this floor creates the top to a box beam that holds the keel box. These pics also show the port sitting bench getting prepped for it's top as well. As the grids get covered with floor panels, I'm starting to see that I have quite a bit of room inside. Not exactly a luxurious cruiser, but still lots of room for gear and for camping. (especially for a sportboat) The quarter berths are nearly 6.5' long. I also measured and I found I have 4'2" of headroom. Can't walk around, but with the open floor plan and benches, it will have plenty of room to get out of the weather, change clothes, take a nap, or cook some ramen.
Aloha! Back from a wonderful family vacation on Maui. I've had a bit of time to dedicate to the boat project again. I know these pics are kind of looking the same..but look closer and you can see progress is being made. The work has been a bit tedious but productive non the less. I have been reinforcing the floor grid, turning it into a system of i-beams, adding glass, and preparing it to receive the floor panels. It's involved a lot of gluing and clamping small pieces of ply, and a lot of filleting in weird little tucked away corners. I also decided to do some plumbing. Around here in the northwest, for some of our distance racing, we have to comply with PIYA regulations. One of the regs is to have permanent water tanks installed in the boat. I've decided to make the tanks in the area on either side of the keel. This keeps the water's weight down low and near the center of the boat. Also, with this setup, I'll have two independent tanks so that if one leaks out, I still have another one. I ran 3/8" pex piping from the tanks under the floor area to the galley area where I will later hook them to a tank selector and a hand pump.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I've been busy with work lately but this week I did manage to reinforce and glass in the floor and keel area. I added some stringers and also the vertical faces of the benches. With this added structure, the bottom of the boat is totally stiff and strong. I was also able to cut out and losely fit part of the floor sole. I will need to do a bit more reinforcing before I'm ready to put down the sole. I will be taking a small break from the boat project for a couple weeks as I'm taking the family to Hawaii!