12 December 2010

New bulkhead going in

The weather has eased up at last and I could do a few jobs over the weekend. I have finished the main part of the new internal bulkhead and fixed it in place. It is held between hardwood strips glued to the cabin wall and ceiling, which should mean that it can be removed if it is a bad idea. But that will involve breaking the panel, it can't go in or come out as a single piece. I still have to fit a filling panel between the new bulkhead and the sloping compression post. That is made up and is curing in the utility room. So far I am happy with the result, but it is hard to judge until all the cushions and general cabin detritus is in place.

I have fitted two screwed and glued blocks under a cockpit side deck which support two staineless steel hooks each. These are to hold the boat hooks so that they don't slide around but have a place to live. The long boat hook is used to hook mooring buoys. It is meant to be adjustable but has seized solid, fortunately at the maximum length which will fit under the side deck. The wooden boathook is an Irish heirloom from my first Drascombe. It goes in every boat with me. It has 0.25m markings on it so I cab use it as a shallow water sounding rod, for which use it is perfect.


  1. Looks great Julian and really in keeping with the boat. You can have too much varnish and I love t&g panelling with some nice varnished trim, very classy.



  2. I like the painted wood finish inside. It is much lighter than varnish and far easier to maintain. It is just Dulux exterior Weathershield which seems to work fine. Brushes clean in water, which is a real God send. You can build things out of plywood, solid wood or, heaven help me, MDF. When it is painted it all looks the same. (I haven't actually built anything permanently from MDF, but the temporary bits I have done from time to time seem to last just as well as plywood inside the cabin.)