Friday, March 11, 2011
Started work on the mast step. Laminated multiple layers of marine ply and then cut the wedge shape. Next I used a belt sander to contour the underside to the shape of the hull. To get it to conform perfectly, I plan on bedding it in thickened epoxy. The mast step is stainless steel and is hinged (which should make stepping and un-stepping the carbine fiber mast an easy job!)
It's been a while since my last post, but I have been working a bit on the project now and then. Just been busy with the family and working. But I did manage to install the chainplate supports for the mast shrouds. Hopefully they are in the right place (or at least close enough!) I ended up finding some Melges 24s sitting on trailers in Seattle and did some measuring. I then used my boats dimensions and did some interpolating and came up with these chainplate locations. I think this should work, I just always get a little nervous about my calculations! As you can see in this picture, I also made the storage cutout in the sink pedestal as well as put in the "sink" The "sink" is actually just a really deep plastic salad bowl. On my current boat, I almost never use the sink. When I do use the sink it is a pain to drain because I have to reach below and open a sea cock (which is normally closed to prevent it from flooding the boat when we are heeled) It also seems that gooey nasty stuff is always clogging the drain. And also having a hole in the hull means there's always a chance something could break, and the boat sinks. For simplicity, I'm using a bowl that easily pops out and it's contents thrown out the main hatch..overboard. No worries about sea cocks, plugged drains, or sinking!
A picture of the port chainplate support structure.