Boatbuilding Blog

August 25, 2008

Cabin Tops

Filed under: Building - Cabin — tomlarkin @ 12:21 pm

I laminated on the aft cabin top this weekend – the pilothouse roof went on last weekend.  These were the last major structural parts to install – the form of the boat is complete!

I mounted the first piece temporarily, traced the contact outlines, and raised half at a time to paint thick epoxy on both surfaces. This way I didn’t have to worry about lining everything up again with wet epoxy all over the place. I finished this side, screwed it down, and then did the same on the other side.  After the second layer was laminated on I fastened it down with screws every 10 inches or so. The top layer encapsulated all the screw heads.

Pilothouse roof

Gluing the top 

 Port side

A couple hundred pounds of dirt provided the clamping pressure. There’s a temporary beam underneath to keep the surface from bowing down. I’m working on a design for a dinghy/bicycle/handrail rack, so I tried out my bike for size. Looks like it will work OK. We like the idea of showing up in Leschi or Olympia and riding around town.

Organic clamps 
  Test-fit bicycle

The aft roof has four layers of 1/4 inch plywood. Devlin suggested the additional layer if we plan on walking on the roof occasionally. Also, this roof has no supporting beams. The hole in the back of the cabin is for a Lewmar Ocean hatch. There’s also a small hatch on the pilothouse top, to act as a wind scoop.

Now I need to get the outside finished and painted before the weather gets too cold (the gray hull is just tinted epoxy). I’ll spend the winter finishing the interior and installing the electrical, plumbing, electronics, and steering systems.

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