For the last 6 weeks it's been full on sailing season. Had this past weekend off but it was also the last weekend I have access to the boat until September.
My main priority was getting the last layer of inside hull glass down.
Did that and it went pretty smoothly. The temps were much higher than last time I was glassing, and I was using the same batch size, so I did have one patch about 2 square feet start to go off on me. There are some moderate dry spots in that section, but since it's an extra layer over a well adhered layer of glass I'm not worried about it.
I then put the stringers and frames in for a quick look.
You can see the dry spots I mentioned on the starboard side right under frame D. I'll be planning all my chase tube routing over the summer so I can get right to really fitting the stringers and frames in September. Having the mental and digital images will help.
Next I put the sole down.
It confirmed what I had realized a few months ago, that cutting my sole to the plans when I raising it was a mistake, it's too small to use. I'll cut my console panels from the sole pieces and cut a new sole to measurements I take from the boat.
Then I cut some scrap into the rough outer dimensions of the biggest console I'm considering, and walked around the boat to make sure it was comfortable to get around it. Found I had plenty of room. The real console will be shaped so it will take up less space, and I'll build a full cardboard mockup over the summer to try in the fall. I also placed the stool at the seat height I planned, and found I need to lower my console a bit from what I had planned.
Walking around the boat raised 2 questions for me.
- At the front it felt like a big stretch over frame A to the bow. I think that will be a pain for handling anchors/lines, so I think I'll move frame A 4"-6" forward and gain a little more open space in the process. That will bring the distance from A to the bow back in line with what it would have been if I didn't raise the sheer.
-The sole felt very flimsy. Obviously it will be far more secure when on cleats around the outside and fully glassed down, but I'm still worried it will flex between the frames. Can anyone with a 3/8" sole who didn't foam under it weigh in on how much it flexes? Bonus points if it's okume. I'm considering 1/2" instead but I do imagine thats a big weight penalty. I'll have to figure out how much a difference it would make, and how much of a problem the flexing might be on the 3/8" if I add a layer of glass on both sides. I'd love input on this point if anyone has some.