Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Good, The Bad and The Downright Ugly

There is only so much you can do in the rain, I have spent most of this past week inside Betsy with the tarpaulin over the cabin and the fan heater on to keep the place warm, dry and epoxy friendly!

The bow fitting for the forestay was bolted on a couple of weeks ago, the watertight hatch sikaflexed and screwed in place on the forward bulkhead and the forepeak painted out...


This is without doubt a huge psychological victory and whenever there is any doubt in my mind I only have to glance in to the forepeak to remind myself how far we have come.


The old forehatch was a fibreglass moulding and unlikely to ever seal out the waves so I have fitted a Vetus hatch following some slight modifications to the deck moulding. Blocks of wood have been epoxied in place to give something for the hatch frame screws to bite in to and the new hatch bedded in sealant...


The battery box has been laminated in place...


That white panel above it is the forward end of the cockpit moulding and has a Whale Gusher Titan bilge pump attached to it, the plywood backing pad is the safety line attachment point. Underneath, wrapped in a plastic sack, are the cockpit drain hoses, all done whilst the weather was more conducive to drilling holes in a boat!

I have begun to build the new companionway hatch arrangement...


The side panels have been epoxied in position, the gaps between them and the original moulding have now been filled with foam, this will need to be shaped and filled over before fitting the new hatch surround.

It's all looking rather messy at the moment but with the bunks laminated in place and the bunk tops shaped to fit you at least get an idea of the new layout and the curved corner of the new stowage compartments...


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