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Scarfs cut on cabin sides
Wrapping the sides around temporary braces
Marking offsets to underside of carlins
Sides on and cabin beams cut to length and dry-fit
The first signs of a thaw
The deck is planked as far back as the garage door. The rest will have to wait a bit till higher temperatures. I've scarfed the plywood for the cabin sides. The centerboard is shaped and awaiting fiberglass.
The cabin sides are on and the cabin beams dry-fit. I clamped some temporary braces to the deck carlins, then wrapped the rough cabin side in place level and about a foot above the deck. I measured the distance from the deepest point the side had to reach and the bottom edge of the plywood. This let me run a line parallel to the underside of the carlins along the inside of the cabin side-including the notch for the bulkhead. Marked for the bevel at the forward end. Took the sides off and trimmed to the lines. Both sides popped back in with minimal fuss. Epoxied and clamped the sides to the carlins
Because I didn't trim the upper sides of the cabin sides to their curve, the tops were perfectly level. This made marking the positions for the cabin beams and trimming them a lot easier. The overlong cabin beams could be laid over the two sides and the faces of the insides of the cabin could be projected straight up onto the faces of the beams. A couple of bandsaw cuts, and the beams were ready to place.
I think the goal for the first half of the year is to finish out the hull, and slide it out into the driveway so I can use the space for spar-building. That will happen after all the bits that need the hull to be level are done. On other fronts-this is the year I'll be replacing the front porch on the house. This will be a not-insignificant undertaking.
Cabin beams are in place, screwed down and epoxied. Started marking for hatch carlins and mizzen partners. Fiberglassed first side of centerboard.
The cabin top is on and the rough opening for the cabin hatch is cut.
All images and text Copyright Dale Austin, 1962-2008