-Week 23 PHOTOS- finishing the cabin sole, gluing trim to panels

Here is Brendan making Teak cabin sole planks while drew finishes up laying out the last panel on Butternut ply.

Drew made up a bunch of cleat stock out of solid Butternut to be used where surfaces rest on panels.

Brendan working on the last section of the cabin sole.

Meg joins the project and begins fairing out our two layers of Awlgrip primer.

Here is one of our almost completed panels.  The trim is fit and glued on.  Next it will be sanded to 220 grit and varnished before being installed in the boat.

At the end of the day friday we had finished fitting the last piece of trim and began what will be a huge process of gluing and clamping the trim onto the panels.

It took a lot of clamps to hold the trim down.  This will be the aft cabin berth panel.

Dave got busy cutting some height out of the engine bed so it will fit into the boat nicely.

Near the end of the day friday, Dave chisels the horn timber slightly to fit in the engine mount and brendan puts some final touches on the cabin sole.

The aft cabin panel with trim glued on and cleat fastened.

The Last Shot of The Week.  A nice perspective of the nearly finished cabin sole with bung tops sticking up.

-Week 22 Write Up- making panels, gluing on trim, and installing the Teak cabin sole

Drew, Oliver, and I had finished cutting out and fitting trim to all the Bulkheads by the end of last week, and now begin to work on the panels.  Unlike the bulkheads, where we used full size mylars to trace the dimensions onto the plywood, with the panels, we have to convert Alfie's 1/8'' scale drawings into life size panels.   It's not as easy and fast as using the mylars and tracing, although Alfie has made it simpler by giving us to scale drawings and all the dimensions needed, and its a good thing, because these panels need to be very accurate.  First, the lines are transposed onto the plywood sheet, the trim is all layed out, then it is scored with a razor knife and cut out with a jig saw.  Then, the rough edges are sanded down until the pencil line is cut in half.  These panels are then brought over to the table, where we work on fitting trim, just like we had with the bulkheads.

We are about 80-85% finished with the panels, and have already begun gluing up the trim to some of the panels.  At first, we tried gluing up a small door with G-Flex, but the G-Flex was very slippery and every time we tried to hold a trim down to the plywood with a clamp, it would shift the trim around.  It took Oliver nearly thirty minutes just to get four small pieces of trim down onto a small door.  So we asked Alfie if carpenter's glue would do, and we gave it a try on the next large panel with its too small doors.  This glue tacks up very quickly, around 5-10 minutes which really holds the trim together and allows us to get some pressure down without the trim shifting slightly.  After the first one, we figured out a good system, and the next two went much quicker.  

The carpenter's glue may not be as strong as G-Flex, but these are not structural pieces of the boat either.  And the carpenter's glue does have weather resistant qualities and will work fine for this job.

Brenden spent the week working on the cabin sole, and will be for the next week.  He has installed the forward section of the Teak beams that will make up the sole.  After sizing, cutting, and dry fitting, by the end of the week, he had them glued in with G-Flex, fastened with stainless screws, and beautifully bunged.  Next week, he will work on the aft section while Drew, Oliver, and I prepare to install the bulkheads.

Sorry for the lack of time lapse clips, I will work on getting them up later this evening.

- Week 22 PHOTOS - making panels, gluing trim, installing the teak cabin sole

Brendan takes measurements and begins dry fitting the cabin sole.

He uses washers as spacers to get an even seam between all of the Teak sole boards.

This is a panel that has the trim being glued and clamped down.  The two large holes will be for doors.

Here are some of the cabin sole floor boards being glued.

At the end of the day Thursday, we were gluing one panel, its two doors (on the left) and two plywood panels together.

Oliver and I spent the day Friday sanding the panel that had the trim glued on and the two doors. 

After 220 grit sand paper, the end result is a very smooth and soft finished butternut panel, or in this case a door.

On Friday, Brenden glues the cabin sole in and fastens it to the sole beams.

The Last Shot of The Day.  Brenden walks away from a week of installing the cabin sole.  Next week he will work on the aft section of the sole where there will be a slight step down.

-Week 21 Write Up- Cabin sole beams are fastened, all trim for bulkheads fitted, almost...

This week really flew by.  Which seems kind of odd since we were stuck with the same task and what seemed like a never ending goal of fitting custom pieces of trim to the interior bulkheads as Alfie has specified.  What seems like a simple task, is actually quite time consuming and requires much patience in order to get a nice fit.  Otherwise, you will have sloppy lines and open gaps in all the trim pieces.  After a solid week, we finished all the bulkheads we could, with the exception of a couple which we have some size questions that need to be answered by Alfie.  

All of the dimensions for the bulkheads have come from Alfie's mind, taking into consideration where each drawer, door, or shelf will land inside the boat.  All the while keeping the flow of the wood from panel to panel and from bulkhead to bulkhead consistent and pleasing to the eye.  So naturally, there are a few corrections that get updated during the week by Alfie, which means we may have to slice an inch off here, or maybe add a couple inches here, so that everything will line up when they eventually get installed in the boat.  Because of this, we only have two more bulkheads to place in our finished pile.  

On Friday, we had completed what we could with the bulkheads and started moving on to the panels.  If you think of bulkheads as lying perpendicular to the boat, the panels will be lying parallel, fore and aft, or the "sides" of the interior.  

As we progressed on these, Brendan was busy again with the cabin sole beams.  By Friday, he had them all place, glued, and fastened.  Now we are ready to start figuring out if these bulkheads will land exactly where they are suppose to on the stringers.  If not, the corrections will be made, cut, and then we cat start gluing together the trim.  

Hope to see some people at the boat show this weekend, and the time lapse clip will be up later this weekend.

-Week 21 PHOTOS- Custom fitting trim to bulkheads, installing cabin sole beams

Here, solid Butternut trim is hand shaped to fit the interior bulkheads.  These will all be sanded and varnished to perfection.

Brendan spent the week fitting and gluing in the cabin sole beams.

Here is one of the bulkheads that was too large to fit on a plywood panel and is being glued together using clamps and weights.

Oliver shapes a piece of trim.

Cutting trim to width on the table saw.

Fitting trim has to be very precise.  It serve as the main decoration in the interior and has to be done right.

The Last Shot of The Week.  Here is the interior cabin sole beams all in place at the end of the week and ready to be glued and fastened.

Come see us at the Cape Cod Boat Show

Pease Boat Works will be at the Cape Cod Boat Show Valentines Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  

I will have my time lapse video up to the current date on display.

Aside from that, Pease will have a couple beautiful boats to check out!  

2/13  2 - 8 PM
2/14 10AM-6PM
2/15 10AM-4pM

at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis/ 35 Scudder Avenue / Hyannis / MA / 02601

-Week 20 Write Up- deck stringers and making the interior bulkheads

At the beginning of this week, we applied two more coats of clear epoxy into the bilge area, giving it a total of five layers.  Since epoxy is only weakened by sunlight, this area in the bilge should be rot free for a hundred years.  As the week progressed, Drew, Oliver, and I were given the task of turning the custom butternut plywood sheets into bulkheads.  

Luckily we had full size Mylars of the exact specifications and we could trace them onto the plywood using carbon paper and rulers.  As Oliver and I traced them onto the ply, Drew cut them out.  When all 15 or so of them were cut out, we had to use Alfie's calculations and drawings in order to trace out where each piece of trim will be attached on each side of the bulkhead.  Some of the bulkheads will only have a forward face, or vise versa, but most of them will be seen from either side.  

After they were cut, we had to go through each one and measure the width and length of all the pieces of trim and put them into a list based on their width.  So, for example, we may have ended up with 150 of trim at 3 inches, 80 feet at 4 inches, 110 feet at 2 1/2 inches, and so forth.  Eventually, we will rip these measurements out from our solid Butternut supply.  But first, our task on Friday, included making straight edges in all of the butternut.  After this was done, we were out of time for the week, and will begin next week by cutting all the trim.

As we did this, Brendan built and installed the beautiful centerboard trunk and laid out where each bulkhead will go in the boat, as well as the cabin sole.

Then as a nice surprise on Saturday a tour of some good friends of Alfie's came by the boatyard to see the progress.  Nat and Melissa Philbrick, Eric and Betsy Holch, Bill and Eileen Eddy, and of course Sandi Holland.  From there, we all traveled to Falmouth to see the progress of Nat and Melissa Philbrick's 40 ft yawl which is currently upside-down and in the cold moulding process.  Then, once again, we were off to Bill Eddy's house to see his project of five years, a 50ft flat bottomed boat very similar to a Sharpie.  In all, it was a very fulfilling and exciting week of sailboats and sailboat lovers.

No time lapse this week, no one was in the boat!

-Week 20 PHOTOS- working on the interior bulkheads

At the beginning of the week, the boat sits with 3 layers of clear epoxy in the bilge.  Two more to come.

Brendan working on the centerboard trunk.

All of the deck beams and cabin sole beams after two coats of penetrating epoxy.

The center board trunk before it gets glued up.

Drew removes the tape around the bilge after 5 fresh fresh coats of clear epoxy.

These are the deck stringers that Drew and I made.  Two of them had to be scarfed together in order to get a 35 foot length.

Here are the full size mylars that we used to trace out the bulkheads on the custom Butternut Plywood.

The finished centerboard trunk.

The centerboard trunk goes in the boat!

A detail of one of the bulkheads.  This drawing gives us all the dimensions we need to make an interior bulkhead.

Alfie's bulkhead drawings.  

The Last Shot of The Week.  A warm visit from some Nantucketers to check on the MC-30's progress.  Nat and Melissa Philbrick, Eric and Betsy Holch, Sandi Holland and not pictured here were Bill and Eileen Eddy.