Going right…

Well, Dane and I got a good bit knocked out this afternoon in a short time. Its always nice when things go well.

We got the rear cabin door posts mounted in place. This gives us roof support at the back to make sure the bow doesn’t try to flatten out. That lets me take the temporary support out that was there and move around much easier.

After that, we put a support in place at Frame F (front of the galley area) that will support the roof there. The bulkhead is slated to go to the roof at that location, and I may yet do that, but until then, this will support things nicely and let us move around the cabin without the runner down the middle for the roof.

Moving on from there, we got the side panels for the two stern lockers fastened in place. I put a block on the rear deck and fastened the locker sides to it. They will get some more structure and a top (hopefully soon).

After those panels were in place, we put two coats of the bedliner down the back deck center section (walk area). That will waterproof that nicely and have it all sealed. We may do the inside of the lockers also (I will if I have enough left), but wanted to start in the exposed area.

All-in-all, a nice couple of hours!

Time = 2 hours

Window frames

Got started on window frames this afternoon. Originally the weather wasn’t going to allow for that, but wound up having shirtsleeve weather and bright sun. You never know in Atlanta.

Dane and I picked up some lumber and some expanding foam insulation and I got a bit done.

The spray foam was for a small, long void at the very bow that I’ve wondered what to do with. I don’t want to just leave it open, so decided to fill it with the foam to keep the water out, etc. Worked somewhat, but will have to add some more. Really needed a longer tube for the foam to work from the bottom up.

After fiddling with that a bit, moved to the window frames. The plans call for mahogany or the like to be finished bright (stained, etc.). We’re going a slightly different route for a couple of reasons… one in that I really don’t want to deal with stain, etc. on the exterior, and the other that stain grade wood in types that can take any weather at all are hard to come by in a reasonable manner around here. Most of the "real" lumberyards have been run out of the area by the big box store.

So, the family has decided the windows will be trimmed out in a "trim color" that we already had planned for some other features, thus paint grade lumber works well.

Got the first window frame cut and the lap joints done. I still have to cut the rounded part of the top, and of course put it all together, but I think I know how to do them now.

I must say that I was ashamed about the measurements of my windows on the boat… there are no two alike. Front to back that’s ok, but port and starboard should match. They don’t, but I guess it’s hard to see both sides at the same time.

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Money = $22.15 (wood, foam, glue) + $1.55 (tax) = $23.70

Time = 2 hours

Simplicity

In the past I’ve had some posts about KISS and keeping things simple. I have been striving for that on my V28 build and recently it has been getting more and more desirable in other areas of life.

Too much clutter and "stuff" can be a real drag, sometimes.

Anyway, as you have probably noticed, I revamped the web page again. A plainer, simpler look with hopefully less clutter. Dane doesn’t like it, since it’s not black, but I think it might be nice for a change. We’ll see.

It’s dangerous to have a computer guy stuck at his desk for several hours with nothing to do but listen to a conference call and fiddle 🙂

Thanks everyone for your continued reading of my ramblings!

Cold, cold weather

As most of the U.S. probably knows by now, we’re having a cold snap. Well, it’s finally made it to Georgia. We’re battening down the hatches (in some cases literally) for single digit temperatures. I’m sure that’s nothing to some of you, but not something we get often.

I made sure the boat was totally dry, took the pump inside the house (in case there’s any water in it), and brought in any paint and epoxy from the shed to keep it from freezing. Nearly missed that the portable shop vac had been used to suck up some water and had a 1/2 gallon sloshing in it, but its empty now.

Crawled under the house and turned off the outside water faucets. After crawling to the far end of the house to get to one, I found out that the valve for it is actually in the garage. Very convenient, if you knew it. I’ve lived here nearly 12 years and never noticed that (you can tell how often we have to do this routine).

Anyway, everybody stay warm. If I get a chance, I’m going to pick up some wood to build window frames out of. I can do that in the garage and stay reasonably warm.

Time = 30 minutes

Superconducting Ship propulsion

>>> Superconducting Ship propulsion

The U.S. Navy has reached a milestone in testing a new type of ship propulsion motor based around high-temperature superconducting magnets. 36.5 megawatts… I think that might be just a bit more than I need. Only weights 75 tons or so, though!

  • Most Powerful Motor Ever Tested by U.S. Navy
  • Motor Size and Weight Reduced by More Than 50%, Acoustic Signature Reduced, Efficiency Increased
  • Superconductor Motors Ready for Deployment

Electric Powered Bikes

>>> Electric Powered Bikes

We’ve had various bicycle links here before. I’m not a big bike rider, but many boaters find they are great ways to provide shore-side transportation that you can easily transport with you. Bikes with electric assist make those hills a bit more practial. This outfit has a really slick looking design. Price is significant, and I can’t vouch for their true usage, but might be of interest.

A hub motor and putting the batteries in the other hub is a design innovation I have never seen.

Electric Powered Bikes We are best known for most advanced, most powerful electric bike in the world. We have vibration free, brushless, gearless motor and hub battery pack. Our motor is in the rear hub and battery in the front hub.

Interior progress

Wound up with more time to work today… Dane and I bundled up and actually got some things done.

First off, here’s a picture of the (now dry) front deck with the bed liner material. It came out looking really nice, I think. Please excuse the ball of masking/edging tape and the dirty footprints. Dane had been removing the tape. As for the footprints, we’ll soon be seeing how easy this stuff is to clean. Apparently water, soap and a stiff brush are in order. It certainly seems tough enough to deal with that.

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Speaking of masking tape… the supplier recommends removing the tape as soon as the Durabak is dry. Of course we left it in place for a couple of weeks since we were going to have to put on a second layer. I now concur with the manufacturer and recommend its prompt removal. Dane REALLY, REALLY recommends removing it promptly, since he got most of the scraping duties.

While he worked on that, I put in the sole supports for the helm platform and got it fitted into place. Moved on to getting the vertical bulkhead the seals off under the helm area. Got it all cut and notched and in place (not fastened yet).

Dane moved from tape removal to vacuuming and cleaned a bunch inside. We still have a ways to go on that, but since we keep cutting and sanding in there, it just keeps getting messy.

At the end, we had the floor mostly in place (one piece removed since we were working in there), the helm platform in place, and the initial pass at the couch/bench seat on the port side base sitting in place. It really kind of looks like a boat.

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Did some measuring on how we’re going to handle the head (bathroom) wall and the galley cabinets. On the galley cabinets, the plans call for a built-in section of cabinetry. Given my “fine” woodworking skills, I’m thinking seriously of using a prefab cabinet unit or two. They are inexpensive, reasonably well made these days, and quick to put in place. I would be a long time building something as nice. Have to think on that more.

Money = $8.69 (screws) + .61 tax = $9.30

Time = 2 hours

Floors

Was supposed to rain most of the day, but wound up not getting much until after dark, so we got a bit done.

Seems to have all been geared around floors (soles). First off got the next (hopefully final) coat of bed liner on the forward deck. Seems to look really nice and is tough as nails.

Then cut and laid in the center cabin sole sections for the front half of the cabin. This involved removing some of the temporary roof supports (seemed to be ok) and laying in 3/4" plywood sections. It’s nice to be able to walk without climbing around quite as much.

After that (and lunch) we picked up another 3/4" sheet of ply and I cut the section of "helm platform". This will serve as the floor under the starboard helm area and the eating area. Took quite a few trimming cycles before I got it to fit around all the frame members and cabin support posts, but it seems to have done ok.

I still need to tack in some edge supports for the helm area, but that should be straightforward.

Money = $29.88 + $2.09 (tax) = $31.97

Time = 4 hours