Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cabin progress and the absent winter

The East coast of the US and Canada have been steadily hit with bitter cold and snow storms. With the notable exception of us here in Newfoundland... Eastern Canada. Forgotten by the major news media, maybe I sound bitter, I'm not. Well, not really. Where I live there is no snow, I mean none. Not enough to make a snowball, and the temperatures are consistently above 0 C.  Though winter is far from over and may smack me in the head any day, the days are getting longer and the amount of "wintertime" left grows shorter. Perhaps I should have picked up that tarp car shelter for working on the boat, I would have had an easy time working so far.  But I'm in no rush.
The cabin sides are now installed and I've sent my first article on this modification off to Duckworks for approval and publishing. Much of the material has been salvaged from the boat build and the building jig itself.
The pine shown is from the lifts on the jig. it will make the forward bulkhead doubler.

 The side doublers have been installed, and the ridge beam placed. The rear wall is only temporary for building this part, the real one will be built separately and installed before this is put in place.
 The starboard side roof has been screwed in place and its fitting well, the pre-curving of the parts helped a great deal and only a couple of screws are needed to hold the sides down.
 Roof panels complete though rough cut. Trimming will take place when cabin is finally installed.
 The edge has placed nice and cleanly along the wall, this will make a cleaner job when the trim is added later on.
The hatch is currently being worked on, but no pictures to upload yet. I am making the hatch and the sliding rails from oak and will be all varnished as a finish. This will show off some of the lines and break up the white of the roof and deck. Plus it's nice to see some hardwood on a wooden boat, I don't mind the maintenance it creates.
I was planning to do some winter camping in the snow... but with no snow and no ice it would just be a wet weekend in a tent and I would be unable to venture far being unable to cross ponds and rivers.

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