Just a note to bring up to date the state of the fit-out and progress over the last month…
We have fitted:
- Chain-locker for anchor, rode etc.
- Mast/partners support steelwork
- Foredeck (although we need to cut out hatch for chain-locker, glass and then fit teak decking)
- Aft deck (hatches, glassing and decking also to be fitted)
- Two v-bunks
- Side-deck structure alongside coach-house to allow access to foredeck – (ply deck, glass and teak still to come)
- Cabin rear bulkhead (this needs to be in place now to allow cabin roof carlins to be located and fitted)
- Made three cabin-roof beams to entirely the wrong camber (#expensiveFirewood)
- Made two cabin-roof beams to the right camber (two more needed)
This is a hotchpotch of notes on progress we have made in the last few weeks.
I am now focusing my attention on the internal fit-out. We need to get Befur in a state to move her on a trailer to our new home in Cumbria in August, this is adding some needed pressure, to ensure we get everything done in time… Continue reading
The current process is trying to finalise the major items in the fit-out of the boat, so that I can install the major structural elements for the cabin and mast. This is a bit of a “round in circles” process, You imagine how it will be, draw it out, see it doesn’t fit, imagine it again etc. Clearly some items will fall out later in the process, but we do need to get the mast, boiler, engine in the right place and make sure that one is not sharing the loo (head) with the other members of the crew or a few hundredweight of hot steel! Continue reading
As noted in the last post, the plans for the cabin/mast arrived from Selway Fisher. Having poured/poored/pawed?? over these for a few weeks we have concluded we are going to slightly modify the proposed arrangement by installing a set of steel bracing inside the boat to support the Mast Partners (the thing the mast hinges in when being trailered), so that we can reclaim a little more internal space. We understand this is another bitter pill for the wooden boat druids to swallow, but hey, this is the 21st Century! Continue reading
Well just a quick note to cover two important milestones! Continue reading