woensdag 17 september 2008

interior + mast step

With the hull upside down it was time to finish the upper part of the interior. Prior to fairing I made four HD inserts + extra glass for the lifting eyes. Two eyes just in front of the front beam bulkhead, and two eyes at the main bulkhead.

Fairing the interior took a lot of time and it was one of the most unrewarding jobs so far. Despite that I tried not to rush it and to work just as long as it takes to get it right. End result so far (boat is right up again). The interior is primed from the gunwale up. The part in front of the beam bulkhead is finished with polyester topcoat with a textured roller. It looks OK but I'll think about it a little bit longer before I roll the whole interior.
I finally managed to get all the alu to build the mast step. Finding a shop willing and able to sell the alu took a lot of time and effort, and in hindsight it might have been easier to build the mast step in stainless steel, like Tovio did.
I was a bit worried I wouldn't be able to saw the alu, especially the 1 cm thick plate, but it turned out to be no problem. I glued a copy of the plans to the alu sheets and cut all the parts to (roughly) the right size with a jigsaw with a blade especially made for cutting alu and some cutting paste to grease/cool the saw. Finishing can be done with a file (????) and waterproof sandpaper.
Here is a picture of some of the parts put together. As you can see they are a bit rough, I still have to file and sand them to the final shape and I've got to epoxy-glue some extra pieces to the ears. The lightening hole was cut with a normal hole saw and my drill press. It looks good, and it might be handy to tie some things to, but that's it. The weight saving is minimal.

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