April 2016, the focus is on finishing out the interior of the cabin. The cabin sole and lead ballast is done, the settees roughed in but much finishing is yet to happen. Icebox, head, cabinets, settees, shelves, and all electrical including batteries, lights, charge controllers, fuse banks.
The ice bin on the port side was constructed so as to float inside a foam bed. Here is is what it looks like fitted in place, suspended in place before the face of the cabinet is put in. This is the bin completed, painted with Brew Coat inside and ready to suspend in place and pour the foam surrounding it.
Another project was finishing the interior of the large forward hatch which is over the vee berth.
The Sherwin Williams Tile Clad two part epoxy paint leaves a very hard, smooth finish which can be wiped down easily with a damp rag. The galley needs to be fitted out. The framework against the topsides has been done and now the face and countertop of the galley cabinet need to go in place.
The cabinet faces and doors are painted and placed along with a strong fiddle along the top edge.
The same with the port side, fiddles are placed along the top of the ice bin.
Lots more done, one of the more tedious tasks is finishing off the bulkhead leading into the vee berth.
This took some time, but I laminated about five layers of mahogany to finish off the plywood edge of the bulkhead separating the vee berth from the main cabin.
Next, I made the Wiley ports, three on each side. Stanley Woodward had drawn up a sketch of how these could be designed. I had no idea about them, but they seemed a good solution for port holes. I could make them, not purchase and adapt some port lights. They could be whatever size I wanted, and most importantly, they can be left open when it is raining and no water enters the cabin, unlike standard port holes; so in hot, humid, rainy weather, there is a good deal of ventilation.
Once I figured out how I would put put one together, it went smoothly. I used 3/8 marine plywood. The glass is slightly tinted automotive safety glass.