The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2016.10.09 - A Template's Tale I

With the galley completed as far as I can without hinges and some small section battens, the next part of the boat to receive attention is the cockpit. The first task of the day was to create probably the trickiest template so far and possibly of the whole project.

Here is the reason why. I have to cut a piece of plywood to fit across the starboard side of the hull under the bridge deck from the hull to the centreboard case and, as you can see, that is not an easy shape.

The hull side of the template is fairly straightforward, a few minor adjustments to the template I made yesterday and we have a nice fit.

Now to create a template for the template. After measuring, cutting, offering up, marking and cutting a few times, this is the result for the lower part of the template to the template.

Here is how it fits. Not and exact fit by any means but close enough. A bead of polysulphide sealant will be applied to the edge of the plywood and that will fill any small gapes such as the ones you see here.

The next part of the template to the template is a little easier as you can see.

This is where this part will go.

Finally, the bit to join them up.

There's not much you can say about this piece!

The pieces are joined with hot glue and this is the result. Just a small gap at the top.

A small piece glued to the top to close up that gap.

And the template to the template is complete.

The shape is transferred to the template and the excess cut away.

The lefthand edge is a good fit, what a surprise, but the righthand side of the lower edge needs trimming.

The two pieces of the template are hot glued together and offered up.

Not a bad fit, just a little light coming under near the centre, not seen in this photo by virtue of using a flash.

A small piece add the close the lower gap, the top right cut to allow for the batten and then the gap made snug with an small piece glued on.

And here we are, the completed template.

Elapsed time 1 1/2 hours.

The reason why I want the piece of plywood that goes here and on the other side to be such a good fit and to be sealed is so that any water in the cockpit from rain or spray does not just drain into the cabin, that being lower than the bottom of the cockpit. The level of the water will need to rise to the top of the centreboard case before it starts getting into the cabin and if it gets that deep, then I have more to worry about than the cabin getting wet.

This template will also be used, with minor adjustments, for the port side although there will be a slight difference in how the partition on that side is laid out as you will see when I get to that bit.

I also have to be careful how I construct the cockpit as if I do not then I may find myself needing to put screws into timber with no way to access the piece that needs to be screwed.

The sequence of events from here are to cut out and fit the plywood partition, build the lazarette stowage and construct the starboard seat and locker. After that the port side partition will be added and finally the port seat and locker.

The current aim is to get the cockpit and interior completed by the end of the month. I think this can be done so it is not too much of an ambitious target. We shall see. Beyond that the cabin top needs to be added along with the aft part of the cabin and the fore hatch constructed. There are also some other minor jobs to be done such as trimming the rubbing strake and gluing it in place and fitting the gammon iron. The target for completing this lot is the end of November. That should leave about two weeks of slack since I do not expect the cabin top, aft upstand and fore hatch to take more than two weeks. It shouldn't even take that long.

So that is enough time spent on a tea-break, back to the next task.