Friday, 20 June 2014

The Circle Meets The Curve

It has been a productive day.

The final two pieces of foam core have been laminated with cloth which means I can begin to cut the sheet of plywood, used as the laminating table, in to the shape required to make the main bulkhead. What remains of the ply will be used to make a small forward bulkhead, a battery box and some backing pads for the stanchion bases etc.

Some time ago I bought some perspex circles to make portholes for the new doghouse, two smaller circles, one for each side, and one larger circle for the top. The idea being I can both view the horizon and the mainsail without needing to venture in to the cockpit.

The larger circle needed a curve to meet that of the doghouse, some searching on youtube and I had a plan. Heating the perspex in the oven, slowly ramping the heat to approx. 140 degrees C, on a non stick baking tray, I then laid a piece of synthetic felt over it and turned the whole lot upside-down on top of the doghouse, removing the baking tray and leaving it to cool...

...and we now have a custom curved porthole, perfect!

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