200 metres of oak, and 1200 metres of 150mm x 15mm bead and butt (tongue and groove with a bead) were delivered to the road side. Some big tides were due so it was imperative to get it moved before it moved itself.
This is only part of the load. I got into a routine and propped ten lengths against the hull, climbed up and fed it down the hatch. I then went below and put it into stick in the cabin.
Before any of it was put up the back faces were coated in ullage. My special brew of wood preserver and varnish. It penetrated quite well and sealed the wood. I hear some folk use Thomsons water seal too. I used Blackfriars preserver because it dried faster and smelt less than Cuprinol.
I started in the middle of the underneath of the cabin top and worked outwards. I know some of you will not like all this pine. Too much, feels like a sauna. Some folk us oak boards instead, some use flat sheets of veneered ply. Some people even use plasterboard.
This is the bow section, notice the cabling for the electrics is being put in at this stage. Much easier now than later. All the electrical services run in ducts underneath the side deck.
Here is the wall in the heads (bathroom remember). Very strong and simple, the planks are screwed to each of the battens or cross members. Two screws to each plank at each intersection. Notice how we covered the window openings and cut them out later after fixing. This stops creep and keeps things lined up nicely.
The other side with a nice fire going with the offcuts.
A close up of the fire stop round the chimney where it goes through the roof. There is a steel tube through the cabin top, this has lugs welded on the bottom to take the weight of the double stainless steel chimney. There is also a flange of alluminium round the opening and the wood is cut to this.
This is what it starts to look like when a couple of coats of Chinese wood (tung) oil have been applied. With age the wood has darkened from that white new pine to a rather gorgeous orangey brown. Well I like it anyway.
Here we have the aft cabin, the pipes on the right are the hydraulic lines for the steering.
There is a fair curve here and it was not possible to bend the wood round all of it. The tighter sections had to be straightened.
Here we see the window panels cut out and trimmed. Covering strips matching the other trims are used to hide vertical joins and corners.