I figured on making the port side
of the centre locker the mounting place for a windlass... So
before anything, made a doubling plate out of 18mm ply.
Then to strengthen the edge, more 18mm
ply. One piece all the way across and one part way. The main
doubling plate will fit into the notch on the port side. This
shot is after gluing and bracing. There was a little bow on the
edge so have it braced to lock it into straight.
Then taped in the lot with heavy tri
ax. What I didn't get a chance to photo was the unidirectional
tape I installed that ran all the way forward on top of the starboard
side of the ply and all the way back and down the bulkhead on
your left to the bridge deck. I ran this so that it ran over
the top of the tape that is fastening the "T" shape
intersection at left of photo. The idea is to place the load
on the bulkheads to left rather then the forward edge of the
As you can see I laminated the bottom
of the ply before installation and have used peel ply on all
This was the time to tape down all the
forward deck panels so cut holes for hatches that I intended
to make using the off cut deck and piece of laminated ply on
top but later changed that as real hatches became available for
dirt cheap. Liquidation stock from bankrupt builder. But anyway..
all the inside tapes first then trim up and do outside. The centre
piece of deck that was cut away to work on the centre locker
was replaced and a heavy layer of glue mix applied to the ply
in the pic.
Using scraps, made a deck panel of 20mm
foam and joined to bulkheads from underside first.
Filleting and taping. Notice I have
the settee frame extending to the underside of the mast step.
Can't sit there but a very good pilot berth.
Laminated a panel for the sides and
Here I have trimmed much of the excess
cabin side panels and have a bar across to judge relative positions
of upright panels.
and to use to hold up the panels.
Now for the back section, more pieces
of scrap foam.
Screwed together with plastic in between
to prevent glue from sticking to ply. Then flip over and laminate
and then flip again and laminate this side and then it's ready
Trimming and placing. I got some scraps
to round off the edges a bit and taped everything in place then...
Got to the other side and ground off
all the excess, rounded the corners and ready for...