There has been some progress though. The picture shows that all the bottom frames are made and temporarily in place. I have 4 bottom panels glued up, ready to accept the fibreglass and I am expecting a roll of biaxal tape to arrive today. The tape will be used to cover and re-inforce the joints between the panels, and also to strenghten the corners of the hull.
|Looking in toward the stern, showing the bottom frames in place|
I have been doodling too. I have got the hull pretty muc sussed out in most details now, and I am now thinking ahead to the design of the superstructure. I like wheelhouses. I have worked outside in a boatyards some years ago and in winter, or when the weater is wet and windy, a good wheelhouse make the difference between having a miserable time and enjoying boating at all! So I wanted to incorporate a wheelouse into our boat. A bit of research produced some ideas from the past, particularly some lovely old pictures of steamers. So the result so far, is this back-of-an-envelope drawing showing a possible profile for the boat. Of course that will complicate matters somewhat, but with plywood, the wheelhouse shouldn't be too complicated to build. Famous last words...
|The back-of-the-envelope drawing! The top doddle is my favourite idea|