Finally everything under the deck that needed to be done to install the cockpit deck has been. I finally was able to start a new chapter (literally in the manual) and proceed to the upper parts.
One of the tasks I had to complete is what to do about the separation of the foam flotation under the footwell. There are several schools of thought on how to tackle this area. I almost went with what the original Pocketship bloger Dave but instead I went for maximum volume for storage and protect the foam.
Mostly pictures this post. Some of them may be only interesting to builders...
|Added a seal (wall) in the lazarette.|
|Covered with fiberglass and epoxy, added a fillet and a bit of bondo to smooth things out.|
|A different view showing both sides.|
|Finished product sanded and painted|
|Epoxy filled pendent hole. This is where the line to operate the centerboard will go through. It is located at the front of the footwell.|
|Added shims inside the centerboard trunk for the roller that the pendent line will roll on.|
|Deadlights came in!!!|
|Tip to builders...tape for squeezout. It is worth the tape and effort.|
|Also tape the underside of the deck for squeeze out too.|
Tape the cleats and underside of the cockpit deck for squeeze out. After marking the cleat positions it is easy to tape. I gave myself about an 1/8th of an inch of room on both sides of the lines. Problem I had was being able to mark the underside in the hatch area without the hole for the hatch making the area sealed. I cut the hole (can be seen in picture above) where the deck hatch will be cut (but much larger) so I could get my hand and a pencil in to mark the underside. The hole was also was nice to reach in to scrape squeeze out too.
While waiting for paint or epoxy to dry I have been getting my electronics together and building a dashboard. More on that next post.
|After a lot of fitting the cockpit deck goes on! Wow I need to clean the shop.|
|View from underneath. The squeeze out tape doing its job!|
|Cockpit deck installed with wooden "washers".|