Saturday, January 29, 2011

Week 16

This week was started by gluing up the aft coaming pieces that had been fit and screwed in last week. I removed them, taped off the seams, and smothered them in 5200. With these drying, I attacked the FWD end of the coamings with the fairing board. I needed this section fair before I started fitting out the cuddy.

Once fair, I was able to bend in two oak cleats along the inside top edge that the deck beams with notch into. I had just enough White Oak from last winter to saw out my 5 deck beams 3/4" x 1 1/8", a little bigger then specified. Once these were cut and the undersides routed over with an 1/8" bit, I started fitting them to the notches in the cleats. As each one fit in, I was able to get a good idea of how the cuddy would affect the overall feel of the boat, which I think is a huge improvement.

When these were all cut and fit, I mixed up a batch of G-Flex epoxy and screwed them in, allowing them to dry overnight. With these in, I was able to start tackling the bulkheads. Brad Pease suggested heading down to Wood Lumber Company in Falmouth, a great place for wood lovers, to check out their tongue and groove beaded Port Orford Cedar, which is lightweight, beautiful, and smells amazing. I picked up 10 boards 1"x4" x 7 feet long. Before I could fit the cedar in place, I needed to make a mold of the bulkhead so I could shape the cedar to the curve of the hull. I whipped up a little jig using scraps of plywood, pointer sticks that I made, and hot glue to hold it all together. I picked up all the angles I needed and laid it all out on some plywood. With a little shaping, it fit nicely in place. I was then able to locate where my cleats needed to be, and installed those. Then, I removed the mold and laid the Cedar on top of it, cutting the pieces to shape. Once they were all cut, I then brought them into the boat for final fitting and screwed them into the cleats. By the end of the day Sunday, I had the STBD bulkhead fit and screwed in. It still needs to be shaped and faired at the top where it attaches to the deck beam, then completely removed and bedded and glued down.

week 16!

Taping off that aft sections of coaming for gluing

Here are the pieces ready for 5200.

Here is the nose piece at the FWD end cut and the cleats for the deck beams getting fit.

The coamings are glued and screwed under the tarp to conserve heat and the deck beam cleats are glued and clamped.

Here are the coamings the next day.

Here I am laying out the deck beam locations.

All notches for the beams are cut into the cleat and all beams are rough made. Here, the first one is fit in.

Here, all five are cut and fit.

Finding the centerline.

Here is my jig for making a mold of the STBD bulkhead.

The jig goes ontop of the plywood for tracing.

Pretty nice fit!

Cleats are installed along the frame and notice the teak cleat on the cockpit sole.

Port Orford Cedar is then laid out on the plywood bulkhead mold.

Beginning to fit the pieces for the bulkhead.

This piece took me about two hours to fit correctly.

The STBD bulkhead is fit and screwed. Tomorrow, I will work on the Port side.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Week 15 - 2011

Its 2011 and time again to work on Pompano. This year, I only have a few weeks, but after the progress I had last winter, it should be enough to get some difficult work done. Pompano sat comfortably in the water in front of Pease Boat Works and Marine Railway in Chatham all summer without hassle. I hauled her out in late October and built the shrink wrap tent around her just as I did last winter.

The first project I faced was the one that has frightened me the most since I have owned Pompano, building and attaching the coamings. I knew that was going to be difficult because not only do the coamings show off the boat, but in my case, they will be built of four pieces (not including the nosing block) which require steam bending and lots of precision cutting and shaping. I was most nervous about the fit at the front where the coamings angle forward and attach to each other and the aft pieces which finish on the transom and then scrafed to the front pieces. After two weeks, however, my fears were unrealized as the coamings came together.

I had my steamed Wana from last Spring that stayed in shape all summer and ready to go this winter. I began by clamping these in place one by one against the carlin and slowly and patiently shaping the front joint. In the end, a fine kerf saw is used to cut right down the middle of the two pieces of wood for a perfect fit. Once these were fit, I worked on the nosing block, which is two pieces of inch and a half Wana glued together. This was cut to fit all three angles. The first thing screwed in was this nosing block, to hold that FWD joint secure while the rest of them were screwed into the oak carlin. A simple 45 degree cut was made vertically along the after end of the front coaming pieces for the scarf. Then, each aft piece was loosely clamped in place while the aft end was cut and fit against the transom. When happy with this fit, I cut the scarf in the front end to match that of the FWD coaming. This was tricky and took some patience with the sanding board and a lot of trips in and out of the boat. Once these were to my liking, I screwed them in place. I am happy with the outcome. Right now, they are removed from the boat awaiting shaping of the end sections where they come down and finish with a little flare at the transom. Then they will be lathered up with 5200 and G-Flexed at the scarfs to complete the fitting of the coamings. After that they need to be faired before the raised deck/ cuddy cabin top can be framed out.

week 15 / 2011

Pompano in 2011


As I left her last Spring

Starting work on the coamings. STBD Side is screwed, Port is only Clamped

Both pieces come together FWD and screw into the nosing block

A view from underneath where it attaches to the carlin and supporting blocks

Both FWD pieces are now screwed in place

Then removed for gluing with 5200

G-Flex is applied to where the FWD ends attach to the nosing block

All glued in. Notice the white line of 5200 caulk along the deck seam

Fitting the AFT pieces

Port scarf joint. Not bad.

Looking down on the scarf joint.

Detail of the fit on the transom.

Here you can see where i've sketched out the detail at the end of the coaming.

Wide view to see all four coaming pieces in place. The aft ones still need to be shaped and glued.