After the boat was turned an access
ladder was made. The platform at the top sits over and outboard of a temporary
deck which sits where the aft deck will be. It's a big step to the deck.
From the deck there's another ladder into the hull.
The first thing I remember thinking
when the moulds were out was -- "This thing is HUGE inside!" I still
think so. The cabin sides were installed while the moulds were still
in place providing a shape to fit the framework too and some support for
the planking process. It looks like the date stamp on the photo is
9/27/98. That's about three years into the project and a little over
three 1/2 years ago. I began the process of spoiling that pristine
interior by lining the chain locker forward with heavy biaxial cloth.
I cut two holes in the aft bulkhead of the chain locker and installed inspection
hatches so I could clean it out. These were installed too high on
the bulkhead and may prove to be impractical. I worked my way back and
finished out the mast step space and the V-berth sleeping area next.
The cabinets and book shelves are just about what Pete
Hill did in Badger. There is relief just below the sheer where a
conduit will run for wiring. The edge of the berth can be seen sans it's
cherry edge. The top of the berth has many hatches for access to
the storage beneath. A few of the keel timbers can bee seen on the
floor rough fit. After they were installed a floor was installed
such that the area one walks on can be removed for access to storage,
plumbing and painting outside of the hull.
This is the arching which will support the deck over the
main cabin and the main mast partners. It is laminated of doug fir
and has since been painted.