Boat Yard XXXIII
I got the last roof beam put up and I got all the studs glued and screwed to the pilot house sole. I ran out of bronze screws again so I started on the raised deck at the pilot house. To the left is a picture of the starboard side pilot house deck. This reduces the height of the step up from the side deck into the pilot house. I didn't want to put two steps on the side of the pilot house so I raised the deck about a foot to make one step up both from the foredeck and from the side deck into the pilot house. To the right is a little closer view of the raised deck.
It's been a busy week and a half. I got all the splices glued in the pilot house studs and started on the raised deck on the port side. There is a propane locker on this side of the deck which I had to build into the raised deck on the port side. To the left is a picture of the beginning of the raised deck and the propane locker against the aft bulkhead. To the right is a close up of the locker. It holds two 20# tanks which are held in place by the notched frame around the locker and one in the middle between the tanks. The floor of the locker is also routed out to accept the rings welded on the bottom of the tanks so they won't move in any direction. The locker meets ABYC standards and is vented thru the hull.
To the left is a closer view of the locker from the outside. The picture to the right shows both tanks installed in the locker. It's a snug fit so they won't be moving around any.
The picture to the left shows the raised deck and the locker all assembled with the lid for the locker leaning against the pilot house. To the right is a view with the lid on the locker.
Now that I have the raised decks completed I can start on the plywood siding on the pilot house. To the left is a picture of the first piece of plywood fit and clamped onto the front of the pilot house. The front and top get 3/4 inch and the sides get 3/8 inch plywood panels.