Cutting the Hatch

South hatch opening.


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Deep breath.

Early last weekend there was only one thing left to do before putting the deck on South – cutting the hatch opening.

I’ve been pondering this task for the better part of a year, going back and forth on different ways to approach it. The problem is that I really want to be able to use the cut out in the deck from the hatch opening for the hatch lid, to make a seamless unbroken sweep in the wood strips in the deck. I had already laid the opening out to line up with the curves of the cockpit, but keeping the cutout intact was going to be tricky. Not only does it have to be cut out with minimal damage, but it also has to line up perfectlly with the final hatch frame later. I settled on cutting the opening before the decks are glued down, which is easier for cutting, but requires careful planning. Continue reading “Cutting the Hatch”

Time Fast and Slow

 A heat lamp hurries epoxy cure.


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Much has transpired since the last post, most of it good.

On a sad personal note, our old dog died, the one in the videos from this past Spring. She couldn’t climb the few steps in and out of the house for the last month, but on her last day she climbed the full flight of stairs to the second floor twice to visit each of the girls’ rooms and sleep by our bed. We miss her.

The girls returned to school, so I’ve lost some helpers, but Terri has stepped into the breach like a real trooper. We worked until 3am Sunday night putting one of the decks on, and that potentially disastrous operation went very well. But more on that later. While waiting for the deck to cure, there’s time for some updates. Continue reading “Time Fast and Slow”

Ribs and Knees

South, with bentwood Ribs and Knees.


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Knees, Ribs, Breasthooks, Cockpits . . . these are boats we’re building, right?

Ribs and Knees are now installed in South. North has its Ribs clamped up while the epoxy sets, and will get Knees this weekend. It took a tremendous amount of work to make these little features, but they’ve turned out really well, and I’m very pleased. Continue reading “Ribs and Knees”