Thursday, 29 January 2009

Work continues on Toroa

I was finally able to fit the recycled 9 mm, 5 ply pine panels to Toroa's bridge deck.
The work remaining to be done includes coving all the interior joins with epoxy dough (mixed flour and epoxy), then sanding and glassing the new planking from the keelson up to the cockpit floor, after which I will glue the cockpit floor panels into place with their barrel top hatches already glued in place.

I'm laminating 2 layers of 9mm ply over the kiato splints to ensure adequate compression strength.

Next bore the holes in the ama stanchions to accommodate the pegs on the ends of the kiato.

The plywood covered the entire bridge deck area generously. I pinned it down temporarily and trimmed it to follow the profiles of the cockpit top, kiato splints & knees with my router ensuring a perfect match fit. Tomorrow I will glue and screw the decking in place, remove the screws when the glue has cured and plug the holes with doweling as before.

The large hatches are the tops of plastic olive barrels with the screw top lids. The topmost part of the barrel is cut off, glued and screwed to the cockpit floor with sealant. They are watertight, very strong, dark polyethelene plastic (UV resistant and cheap)!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Harmen, Your work on Toroa is looking great. So where do you get these olive barrels? just what I want and might be a source down here in Rotorua, cheers, Dave


Toroa by Harmen Hielkema & Mike Toy.

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