Between holidays, Terri’s role in a local theatre production, both of us getting nasty colds, and such as that, the boat building pace has eased a bit lately. Besides feeling under the weather, we’ve already started to get some weather, too – snow flurries coming over the mountain Friday, and a light dusting covered everything by Sunday morning. Epoxy has started to thicken in the jugs again, and with the cold it now takes a week or more for a batch to cure. No point in rushing now, I suppose.
Got the side cockpit coamings epoxied in place. With no screws used, they’re under a lot of tension, so it didn’t hurt to let them set an extra week before pulling off the clamps. With that done, the fore and aft coaming pieces could be fit and attached. All are left a bit rough and tall, to be planed down later. One thing I hadn’t planned on, but turned out kind of neat, is the side coaming pieces were resawn from the same board, with their faces facing, so the grain patterns mirror each other in a sort of bookmatch fashion. I didn’t notice it until they were already clamped up.
While those set up, work could move to the hatch coaming. None of this went much quicker or easier than the first time, by the way, it just didn’t require as much time to figure out.
By the time the hatch was done, the outer trim for fore and aft cockpit coaming could be fit and mounted. This is a bit tricky, too, due to the angles and curves involved. To get clean and tight joints, all the parts have to be scribed and shaped to fit. To get the closest possible color and grain match, each piece of trim is cut from the the same blank as the coaming piece it attaches to – from the rough coaming itself, really – before both are sized and shaped to fit. You can see the square topped pieces ready for scribing in some of the photos above.
While the epoxy cures this week, the side trim can be ripped and shaped, maybe even start on Aeon’s hatch cover and mast collar.
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