13 SibLim - the fitout (3) (17)

Created on: 19 Feb 2017
  • 6 Feb: gluing down the starboard planks. To port, the old masking tape has been removed,taking the worst of the mess with it and new laid down for filling gaps in the seams and topping up screw holes
  • 7 Feb: finishing laying the deck. The masking tape, combined with the accurately thicknessed teak, saves a LOT of sanding.
  • 9 Feb: final top up of the seams. A vacuum cleaner, attached to the sander, makes sanding tolerable.
  • The portholes I bought are impossible (for me) to fit as designed, so I decided to fit them from the inside. To clean them up I discovered some fantastic pads from 3M - no scratches!
  • 14 Feb All done and dusted. Nice, eh?
  • Saligna and teak knock 7 bells out of edge tools. I needed to change the planer blades: 'when all else fails, read the instructions'!
  • 18 Feb FINALLY moving in to the forecabin. Sawing up kaihikatea for cabin sole bearers.
  • The first of the bearers fitted and glued in to place.
  • 19 Feb - the outboard bearers are also cut to fit, but I'll wait until I've finished painting out the bilge area to fit them: they will be hard to paint round.
  • progress report: I suppose the boat won't be looking any different from either end, for a while!
  • 21 Feb - The back of the cabin sole flocoated. I won't paint this, so the epoxy is the final coating.
  • 22 Feb - the cabin sole down and the bunk panel roughtly fitted. Because I - foolishly - only took the kauri panelling part way down, fitting this piece of plywood is a bit of a mission.
  • Fitting the kauri to the bunk panel.
  • 26 Feb: On Badger, all the locker interiors were clear finished, but this made them very dark. Difficult to find things and keep clean. The bottom panel stays clear, which will show up water ingress.
  • 15 Feb - trying out the bunk panel for size, having painted out the locker.
  • 16 Mar - the panel glued in place.
  • 18 Mar A quick final coat on the inside of the panel to tidy up. Painting out the lockers is time consuming, but I think will be worth it when I come to look for things in the future.
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