Since our last post, we have been focused on completing the internal fit-out to paint stage. After painting, we will fit the deck and build the turret. Our reasoning is that although our shelter has done an outstanding job, especially since we upgraded it (see The big top is back on. ) we are conscious that it is basically a big tent, and we will be happier when she is weather-proof, in the event of a major storm. Last winter was relatively mild, but we don’t want to push our luck too far.
To that end we have completed the flooring in the saloon, fitted the internal hull access steps, and clear finished the hull floors and benchtops. We applied four coats of Wattyl Estapol Flooring Moisture Cure Polyurethane and a very happy with the results. It seems weird to be doing “final finish” surfaces at this stage of the build, but we decided it was necessary to get them done so they can be covered and taped up prior to spray painting.
Selah’s designer provides a suggested outline of the internal fit out, but not specific framing and structural details. We have enjoyed the process of designing the interior to suit our needs, but it can be challenging and time-consuming. On any given fabrication the timeline seems to be: 30% planning/designing, 30% selecting materials and marking-up, and 40% actual building.
It’s the hidden spaces that are the hardest to get right, and the easiest to think “no one will see it”. We have aimed to avoid complexity in the lockers and enclosed spaces. We want to encourage air-flow, save weight and provide good visual access into all the nooks and crannies.
The floor is really looking smart, guys!
Thanks Chris. Its been an enjoyable part of the process. Now we have to cover it all up again to protect it! Looking forward to your exploits when you get back. If you end up in Pt Sorell again it would be great to catch up: however we will be back in Alice from mid-Feb to mid-March. Either way, let us know, as we have family here who would be pleased to transport you to fuel, water and provisions.
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Thanks for the offer, Deb. We probably won’t be calling in at Pt Sorell, expecting to go down the West Coast, then around to the East Coast and back to the Furneaux, without covering the North side… but we’ll keep in touch. Enjoy Alice!