What do they say about the time required for the last 5% of a job? Well, I’m in the thick of it.
Both decks are on. Hatches are glassed inside and out (I feared stepping through the stripped maple).
In order to hide a lot of the hardware associated with the hatches, piano hinges are installed and a pull string secures the hatch through a grommet manufactured from a brass hose barb cut and chamfered. I prefer hardware store items over pricey boat store items.
|Aft hatch and deck with secure line with cam cleat.|
|Gasket will be installed to underside of hatch.|
|Lashing line lead through eye and hole in bulkhead.|
The mizzen mast deck collar and cleat bases are epoxied in place. The bases are echoes of the double ender.
|Cleat base and collar before epoxy.|
Main mast partners and foredeck coaming are now screwed and glued.
|Coaming and partners.|
|Hatch with epoxy glass shine.|
A 1″ drain is now in the bottom of the boat. This will aid in clean up after those future trips. A brass tube is epoxied through the bottom. Two different plugs were purchased. One is a compression lever. The other is a screw fitting. One will serve as a spare.