The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2016.09.30 - Completing the Cabin Sides

The aft end of the cockpit coaming was fairly easy to deal with, the piece of plywood is vertical and I fashioned two short pieces of batten that have two sides at the same angle as the sides and back of the coaming. Screws held everything solidly in place once I had liberally spread epoxy around the joints.

The front of the cabin was a little more difficult because not only is the piece not vertical but it is also bowed forwards. This part was taken care of by a brace inside the boat and the corners were clamped together since I do not know the angle of everything until it is all fixed so a batten is out of the question at this time. I'll probably fit one in once the epoxy cures just for reinforcement. I did use two temporary battens clamped in place but not fixed ones just yet.

The short battens are visible here but in the final boat they will not be seen unless you kneel in the cockpit and look under what I'm going to call the poop deck. It's not a poop deck as that is 'the aftermost and highest deck of a ship, especially in a sailing ship where it typically forms the roof of a cabin in the stern' and it is neither the highest deck nor is it over a cabin. Still it's not the after deck as that is the bit behind it, so poop deck it is.

In fact, here is a photo of the after deck and you can also see the screws.

The brace for the front part of the cabin is perhaps a little over the top for the job, but it is what I had to hand.

I was braced against part of the centreboard case.

The joints are a bit messy but that is largely due to the cramps and batten being in the way whilst the epoxy was being applied. It will clean up well enough.

This looks quite good and the whole shape of the boat is now very different from what I've been used to these last 15 months.

One of the things that I've been looking forward to once the cabin sides were in position was being able to see the amount of space taken by the decks and sides and to see the bits that I have to do that I couldn't visualise before. Like this bit. The gap between the bridge deck and the side deck outboard of the cabin side. That has to be filled and until I had reached this part of the project, I could not see exactly what this was going to look like. Now I can.

Likewise the cockpit. I had the photos of Shoal Waters but they show the final result not the hull before everything gets put it. I had some idea of that was needed but only enough to plan in fairly broad details how I was going to do the rest.

The last two photos give me a very good idea of where the cockpit seats need to be and how the lockers will work. I think I'll be wandering down to just look at Naiad a lot and plan out in my mind how things will go from here on.

Like what am I going to do tomorrow? I know that the epoxy fillet will need to be done and probably early in the morning to take advantage of the lower temperature, but what comes next?

Interesting times ahead.