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  • Birthday 05/21/1989

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    Washington, USA
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    Boats! Also: Family, books, theology, sketching and drawing, history

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  1. Jo- the deck looks really good with the finish on it. The blood, sweat, and tears have produced an excellent result!
  2. Wow, Patrick, I blink and you’re well along on another boat! I can tell you’ve really dialed in the method of how to build the hull and decks- I remember when you first attempted the lift-out decks rather than cutaway the hull! The progress is excellent so far, and I agree with your rule of thumb - if the hull looks good, it’s probably good. That’s the nice thing about ‘traditional’ hulls with nice fair lines (as opposed to floating spacecraft )
  3. HEAD FINISHING Another milestone last night: I (finally) permanently installed the head unit and toilet into the boat. I added all the detail I wanted to add with the unit out and able to be handled/positioned as needed. Here are some shots of the (almost) final space: Some things I added to finish the space out are the details defining an access door under the sink (hinge, latch, and scored in outline), a mirror on the aft bulkhead, a towel rack/hand hold next to the toilet, and of course the toilet paper roll. Here’s a detail shot of the latter two items: The TP roll was fun to make- just some polystyrene tube with a small piece of thin polystyrene sheet glued to the back, and then while half-melted from the wet cement, the little piece of sheet was crumpled a little to look like paper. Here’s another shot of the space, with the flash on to get some more detail: Next, a semi-PoV shot from the forward berth, which better shows the mirror: And finally, some protective wrapping, to keep it safe from myself... and others: There are some small details left, like a small amount of molding around the sink cabinet to the aft bulkhead to cover a gap, and a bit of square bar to define where the wall would be. I decided to leave the wall open, to facilitate access. It could be added if it survives long enough to be a display model. ... (it likely won’t...) Again, till next time! I think I’m going to try tackling the dresser and closet on the starboard side, across from the head, now that I don’t need to get into that space to work.
  4. Thanks, Patrick! Yes, she’s at the age now (just turned 6) where she understands what the boat is to be, and appreciates it. Though, there are still *some* surprises for her as it gets finished- and she wants it that way. She actually told me to cover it up once it’s done so there will be something she ‘doesn’t know about’ when she finally gets it gifted to her. The stove heater is actually one of the surprises. She’s been guessing what the ‘blue room’ is for, which has been cute. It all helps keep in focus the ‘why’ behind the project. I’ve been shooting for Christmas to have it done, and given the regular rhythm I’m getting into, I think I can do it. I’m moving into a space-by-space approach to finishing up, so I’m trying to think of a way to cover up a space once it’s finished, both to protect it from other work and from peering eyes. That said, there are still several big design hurdles to get through. One of the best things about this project and really diving into a scratch build has been building my confidence and creativity in solving these problems, so I’m excited to see how this turns out!
  5. FORWARD VEE BERTH FINISHING 1 Since my last post I’ve been busy chipping away at finishing out the forward berth, and today I hit a big milestone: I have finished the hull and bulkhead details and cut the foam pad for the mattress. All that is left to finish the space is a mattress cover and bedding, both of which my wonderful wife will help me with, and then a couple shelves along the hull each side. Here are some pictures of the space without the pad, showing the final planking and bulkhead finishing: And here it is with the foam pads for the bed and seat placed: Till next time!
  6. Haven’t posted in a while, but haven’t been idling, either. Here’s an update on some odds and ends I’ve been busy with. INTERIOR FINISHING ODDS AND ENDS So, first off, I finally added a lid to the marine toilet, using doll house hinges. The micro screws didn’t play so well with the balsa, but the super glue did just fine. (I did eventually paint the lid, which can be seen in a picture below) Next, I made the wood heater. I used 3/4 PVC for the body, and polystyrene for the top, bottom, door, and stove pipe. To get the polystyrene door to conform to the tight curve of the pipe, I glued the back, positioned it, then used wire to band it in place. Then, I painted it, which was fun because it was an opportunity to get ‘artsy’ with the glow of the fire through the door. After test fitting, I went in a laid the tile pattern Polystyrene, same as for the head floor. I decided to paint it a light blue, as a contrast with all the other neutral/natural coloring, since the heater and hearth are a design focal point. After this, I started doing some of the finish work along the hull. i started with what will be the inside of the quarter berth ‘cubby’. I went with white polystyrene sheathing (emulating fiberglass molding) because the space will be one of the darker ones on the boat, and I wanted to brighten it rather than stick with wood paneling. Then I started tackling the forward vee berth, which is wood planked all up the hull. I haven’t yet decided whether to plank the forward bulkhead, or sheath it white for contrast. Till next time!
  7. I agree- the reference photo seems not to show the rudders on the boats. And, for boats that aren’t double ended, they go bow forward. I expect it would be the same for your boats (Titanic’s were double ended and arranged bow forward, for example). Probably just a traditional practice- it doesn’t ‘feel’ right to put the bows aft, and probably doesn’t make a difference functionally (boat is as likely to sink by stern as by bow, and it should not matter which way the boat faces anyway), so go with the ‘feeling.’
  8. Amazing work Patrick! Love how she’s turned out, especially that heck-uv-a hull! And, I concur that a minimalist display is a good contrast to the shapely boat- like you pointed out, it emphasizes the uniqueness. Great job!
  9. HEAD AND GALLEY FINISHING 1 Spent some time last night working on finish details for the head and galley. Got most everything painted, and added the faucet to the galley sink. I also simulated the top-opening hatches in the galley counter with some small plastic rod for the hinges and pin heads for the latches. Head: Galley: Counter Hatch details: Sink details: I decided to have some fun with updated POV shots. Sitting on fwd vee berth: Standing at nav station across from galley: And finally an aerial view of the whole boat: Till next time!
  10. GALLEY - PART 5 Once I got as far as I could on the head without paint, I switched to working the galley. I started by templating the shape of the counter top with a piece of thin cardboard, followed by tracing and cutting out of 1/32” wood sheet. Then I added the ‘trim’/ coaming around the edge of the counter top. I used 1/8”x1/8” basswood, I think. Next came the cutout for the sink, followed by the sink’s construction. The sink was built from 0.40” polystyrene, then covered with the adhesive back foil. Once the sink was built, I dry fit it in place. The pictures show the first of several test fits as things progressed. Then I finished the counter coaming with some .5mmx3mm strips I had on hand, attached the polystyrene finish counter top, and installed the sink. I did the same to the opposite side without the sink. Then, I realized I had to get the finish planking on the galley base cabinets before attaching the counter top, because the stove would get in my way. So I planked the lower part of the galley structure. The picture shows the planking partially complete. Finally, an overall shot showing the galley in context This gets the log just about current with the boat. More to come soon!
  11. Hi Patrick! Thanks for looking in! Good question - the plan is that all will be fixed in place, but there won’t be much of a deck. Only over areas that aren’t accessible anyway. It’s both bigger and smaller than it looks (if that makes any sense), but I have been trying to think through access and such. I may end up leaving the inboard wall of the head off, or make it removable to improve access (of course, with kids that will probably turn into option 1 anyway...).
  12. FORWARD HEAD OUTFIT- PART 6 This is the first of a couple posts that will update the ‘log’ with current state of the build. After a month of various things pulling me away from the yard, I got back into the swing by working on the forward head some more. I started with the outboard wall, which is 1/32” wood with a very thin polystyrene sheathing. I made the ‘cubby/shelf’ thing entirely out of polystyrene. After checking fit and making adjustments as needed, I started work on the sink cabinet. This I also built entirely out of 0.40” polystyrene. I finally remembered to snap some pictures when I got to the sink itself. I used a 1” birch woodworking plug and hollowed it out with the Dremel tool. Then I glued it to the sink cabinet top. (I’ve been using CA glue for almost everything, and it’s been working well so far) Next I lined the inside of the sink with the super thin polystyrene, followed by ‘bare metal’ adhesive backed foil: I made use of some eye-hook latches from the hardware store for the faucet- I just cut the latch end off. And then a couple polystyrene tube ‘nubbins’ painted grey got me the hot and cold water nobs. I attached the sink cabinet top to the rest of the assembly and test fit it in the boat Finally, I added a floor made of polystyrene with a ‘tile’ pattern, and fit the last funny shaped piece of polystyrene to cover the hull from sink to forward bulkhead between the floor and outboard vertical wall. I also softened the corners of the sink cabinet to give it a more “molded in” look. Here’s an overall shot showing the current state of the head compartment in the boat I still plan to paint it flat white to (a) cover boo boos and marks, and (b) to try to give it a more off-white/ fiberglass-y look. But I had run out of white paint, so I moved on to the galley, which will be the next update (sneak preview in the above picture).
  13. Here’s an up-to-date picture of the ‘doll boat.’ I’ve been working on details for the head and the galley. Haven’t caught the build log up to current state, but hope to soon. Link to the log:
  14. Nice work thus far! Are the two pieces that don’t fit tight to the hull the rudders themselves or the rudder supports? They look like the supports to me. If they are the supports, they should fit tight, I think, but if they are the rudders themselves then they should have a slight gap.

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