Building a boat, especially one the scale of Selah is a fascinating endeavour. Prior to turning over day, the work flow was primarily in one direction. Now there are a number of ways we can choose to go, and we find ourselves having to consciously remain focused on one job at time. It’s easy to get distracted.
Frame five is now completed, apart from some minor finishing off jobs. There was a surprising amount of time taken to complete it. Although relatively simple, it is a large double skinned fabrication, and requires some big glue lay-ups. Also there is some fiddly detail work blocking around the doorways. Pete did not trust his jigsaw to cut an even curve in the doorways, so he made a template to guide the router.
Frame nine is also completed, as far as we can go at this stage. If we so wished, we could glue the bridge-deck into position, but have decided to complete the stern steps first. Without them access would be restricted once the bridge-deck is fitted.
The stern swim platforms are completed and have been fiberglassed for weather protection. Deb has filleted the rudder voids immediately forward of the platforms. As well as strengthening this load bearing area, the fillets prevent water pooling in any of the knooks and cranies around the butt joints and keelson timbers, guiding it to the lowest point where it can be mopped up through inspection ports. These areas receive three thick coats of epoxy resin, prior to closing up.
The rudder posts/ hull joins have received a thick epoxy fillet, in preparation of 8 layers of fiberglassing re-enforcing, and fitting of a sub bulkhead. After that the rear steps can be constructed over the top.