|A test fit of the cabin deck|
|Padded, perforated hull liner. Posh stuff.|
|Taping off=easy cleanup!|
Time, then, for the real thing. I carefully taped off the areas on both the deck and the boat so that most of the squeeze-out could be easily contained. I mixed up some unthickened epoxy and hit all the mating surfaces with it. This was followed by a big batch of thickened epoxy, liberally slathered everywhere. Next came, highly choreographed, oddly well practised dance of maneuvering the deck into place. Up, over, down, up, down, and out. Time to drive the temporary screws. I had chosen to place these about six inches apart, so there ended up being a TON of them. Peel the tape, clean up any remaining squeeze-out. Job done! Well, almost. I couldn't resist finally knockout out the cut-out spacer thing, finally opening up the companionway properly.
|Wide open spaces. The companionway is liberated of the spacer!|
|The whole hull. OK, you can only really see the cockpit area, but I can't find anywhere that I can stand to get a picture of much more of the boat.|
|"I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in, and stops my mind from wandering"|
|Fairing the topsides|
|Replace your divots!|
- The finest sails in the world...around twice the price of the excellent Douglas Fowler sails that CLC offers.
- Sails equal to Fowler's, only more expensive
- Quality sails slightly less expensive than CLC's.
For the first category, while I desperately wanted the Schattauer or Hasse sails, I just couldn't justify the cost. Even if I use this boat as much as I dream I will (which I probably won't), I can't imagine ever putting them to the kind of use that would allow their magnificience to truly shine. As for the second category, well, why pay more?
That left category three. There was a small sail loft in Eastern Washington that tendered a bid lower than CLC's sails, and I gave the bid a lot of thought. In the end, though, it was only a couple hundred dollars cheaper, and the CLC sails were a known quantity. Folwer has already cut sail for PocketShips, and there is something to be said for experience. Also, I've noticed that John Harris doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would tolerate mediocre sails on his boat, so if they're good enough for his PocketShip, they're good enough for mine. Sold. I still may yet order a spinnaker from the Eastern Washington outfit. Time will tell.
So, next up will be a ton of 'glass work.