window recut and fridge

One thing learned about this project is it has to be OK to make changes, before things get too late. For example, two months ago it seemed wise to solve for the non-parallel big ceiling bands to get covered with a nice mahogany veneer symmetrical box that would also house the saloon lighting. So I cut the windows to line up with this (future) box, and left that part of the ceiling un-faired. But here in August, really looking at all that, the box idea is unnecessary weight and building complexity. We’ll do a simpler wood trim. And so the 6 windows needed to be reshaped on all 12 sides. That meant temporarily securing back the original cutouts to grab more tapering width on some edges and re glassing those pieces back in. And making deeper angled cuts on other sides. Then glassing all the window edges to cover all the final cutout sills. Now the windows are in synch with the asymmetric ceiling bands, and I like the new ‘leaning forward’ look better than before. So that’s about five hours of fix instead of probably 50+ for the original idea.


Here’s this evening’s work on the refrigerator. The whole thing is sort of a deep triangle as the bottom follows the hull contour. You can see the four inches of solid foam core on the sides. Under the pink layer glued in here is another 1.5″ foam layer. Next up is glassing in that bottom, fairing and painting, then building the back where the clamps are here.


How about silver?

Got a ride aboard Rick’s Pelagic Fantasy as we watched the first head to head race of the LV Cup. It’s fantastic to see these boats up at speeds and power like airplanes near airports. Hard to explain. The racing is better viewed ashore, but it’s exciting to be afloat among all the support and spectator fleet. Plus the very close access to the docking maneuvers. I think Luna Rossa is spectacular looking – way better in person than TV. But not so sure our home afloat cruising boat would wear well in reflective silver!


And then went back a week later to show Mom around Americas Cup Park. This silver isn’t bad


Ok, enough messing about, and lets get back to the shop.

Angle of Repose

Wallace Stegner won a Pulitzer in 1972 for his Angle Of Repose novel. He was Dad’s friend, and I was thinking about that the night before installing the port side seat back in the saloon. So of course Dad got the job of making the templates for these support pieces. We picked the angle by trial with numerous wood blocks until the most comfortable ‘repose’



We also got busy sorting out the refrigerator. Decided to do two top loading doors, with no other openings or drains. This maximizes cold keeping ability. Freezer vs cooler will be a simple, moveable divider. Cold plate will mount on the vertical wall inside the box once it’s enclosed. 2″ solid foam on top, 4″ on sides and 3″ on bottom. The fridge build will take a few posts to complete over the coming weeks.