The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2016.10.11 - Cockpit Seats II

The first task of the day was to glue some more oak planks together and since this has to use resorcinol glue it had to be done inside at room temperature instead of in the workshop. So as soon as Tina had gone to work, the living room floor was taken over for that purpose.

This afternoon work continued on the cockpit seat and as you can see from the photos below, it is getting there.

The same procedure last last year only with some lead weights on top of battens holding the planks down to the cramps. Hopefully this will mean that the resulting larger plank is more level than the last two.


Here we have the result of three hours work. Lots of careful measuring and cutting involved in this as I don't have enough wood to build a new one if I mess it up. I'd have to buy more oak planks and glue them together first. Not that this is a problem but I'd rather not waste the money or time.

The hinges are 3" 316 Stainless Steel Fire Door hinges designed to take the heavy weight of a fire door. They were a lot cheaper than marine hinges, also 316 Stainless Steel, and should cope with my weight.


The underside of the seat showing the battens and bracing although not as good as it should be.


The screws provided with the hinges are a fraction too long, some work required with an angle grinder here, and as you can see, one came out of the side of the batten. I'll cut the point off with a grinder but probably just leave it as it is otherwise.


The seat laid in place in the cockpit. The aft edge drops down a little but that will not happen when the inboard upright is in position as it is designed to rest on the upright. Making the upright is tomorrow's main task.


The locker lid opened showing that it just clears the poop deck. I'll put a couple of eyes in a suitable place so that a bungee can be used to keep the lid open if required.

Why did it take so long? Mainly because each time a added a new bit or had to adjust an existing bit all the screws had to be undone and then done up again once the new part or adjustment had been made.

That and working slowly so as not to rush things and make mistakes.

Once the seat is all completed it will have to be taken apart so that I can put sealer where it is required. that it probably going to be a couple of hours work just to do that.