The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2016.11.14 - Foredeck Beam

The epoxy used for laminating the foredeck beam cured overnight and by the time I started my next boat task in the late afternoon the beam was ready to be worked. The first thing that needed doing was to plane the sides to remove any excess epoxy and to make the sides even. The beam was laid in approximately the correct position and a plum bob used to locate the centre just above the point on the hull where the foot of the mast would be if it were not stepped in the tabernacle.

The beam was cut to length and trimmed for an exact fit and two vertical frames were constructed. Strictly speaking the frames are not needed since the weight of the mast will be transferred from the beam to the hull via a compression post, a bit like an extension mast under the deck. But it is considered good practise to make the construction of the boat in this area robust.


The foredeck beam first thing this morning,


Here is the beam being glued in place. The sash cramp hold the cabin sides firmly against the ends of the beam and the cramps at either end of the beam hold it down on to the vertical frames.


You can see that the side of the beam has been planed to give a smooth(ish) finish.


The short vertical beam that helps to spread any load to the carlin, deck, beam shelf and hull.