Well our lady is now decently clad in her top decking.
At the end of our last post, we had begun laying out the stringers. These are vertically orientated, cambered beams, that are placed reasonably close together, in order to support the plywood decking.
We let them in a little deeper into the notches, so that we could then bevel the frames to match the angles and present the full surface area for gluing the ply.
The bevelling process meant the return of the “winged” plane. A plywood base is screwed onto a standard electric plane, that takes the guesswork out of bevelling acute angles. It was last used when building the hulls, over a year ago.
Pete really enjoys this type of work. It’s very satisfying to flush-up all the various angles and intersections, unifying the surfaces ready for gluing. The smell of the wood shavings, making a wonderful mess!
It was during this process that the height of the boat became apparent. When we first built the shelter it seemed unnecessarily high. Now Pete has to duck his head when standing on the deck. The decking process is the same as sheeting the hulls, just horizontal. All this big sheet work was very satisfying, as we covered a lot of ground fairly quickly. We did find it however, physically demanding… a lot of low-level work. At our age, any jobs below the knees, or overhead, takes a toll!
Another issue has presented itself. Some of these photos show how close the deck is to the tarp. We have previously been advised that we may have to lift one side of the shelter, to gain headroom. So far it has not prevented us from completing the fabrications, but we are beginning to suspect it may be a problem when trimming, edging and fiberglassing. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.