Some pictures of the new steps. Nearly finished. I have no time for actual words….. rush rush rush
Floor. Tick. Now on to the walls…
Great diagram huh? What this is trying to show is that there is a ledge half way up the walls above the waterline. This is about shoulder height and will be where a shelf sits. Below it there will be horizontal panelling built out from the ribs. Behind this I can put pieces of foam insulation (no spray on here!). The shelf can also conceal any wiring. In an ideal world (really not achievable when it comes to anything boat related) it would be floor to ceiling but this creates a big issue with the portholes and they would have to be built round (fiddly and crap looking) or put on a collar (not original and probably impossible to find the right fitting). The insulation will at least come above the waterline and should look good.
This is the first panelling sample. Called bead and butt apparently. Once that is painted (white I reckon, though could be persuaded to a grey) we really will be going great guns.
There have been some major turning points in this project (bear with me as it has been a long project and hence lots of lots of turning points) that have spurred me on with the project and seemed like a real watershed moment. They include: getting the blimmin thing out the water in the first place, finishing the blasting, getting the first coat of paint on, finishing the deck, and now the floor. It’s down and looking truly truly sublime. I am yet to walk on it personally (child care issues etc) by I am assured that it is the soundest, smoothest floor you ever did step on.
The sun is shining and the wind blowing and all is progressing nicely with the good ship Beta III. We are motoring ahead with the floor. And by “we”, I mean Ian the carpenter. The beam sections that the ply boards sit in are in three main section. The central section is done – a straight run. Making it easier to complete the two side sections as there is actually something flat to work on.
I can’t tell you what a MASSIVE MASSIVE transformation it is to actually have a floor. The number of times I have twisted my ankle, or cracked it against the metal, or stepped into a puddle of water. This won’t happen again. Rather than hopping from beam to beam (usually with a big bucket of crud from the bilge) I can literally skip across the floor of the boat. This my friends represents significant progress.
Meanwhile in the galley…. for some reason we had missed Shotblasting the underside of the deck here so needed to knock off the flakey paint with a heat gun and wire brush.
This was manfully done by Tom. It’s a pretty awful job as it basically involves standing with your arms above your head for hours while flakes of paint rain down on you. The metal beams are all prepped and now being painted. The underside of the deck is a bit patchy as it isn’t possible to get it back to plain wood without sandblasting it. It may be that we end up painting it again which would bring some more light into the galley which is definitely the darkest room by some way.
Next up are those pesky square windows. Not found some brass ones in three years of searching so time for Ian to make a wooden version.
Tom has discoverer the joys of jotamastic…
Things have been happening at the boat. Not by my hand but through the sterling work of tom and Ian. We are a bit light on photos but to summarise, the galley has had the paint removed from the ceiling with elbow grease and a heat gun. Not the best job as you have to stand with your arms in the air for hours and the paint goes everywhere. In the main cabin, the wood has arrived and Ian is starting on the floor. As this is the biggest space, it’s going to make a massive impact and make it look finished.
Next task is to plan the galley… likely something along the lines of the photos below…