Friday, November 2, 2018

The Resurrection of Swiss Miss Part Three: Finishing touches

Picking up from the last post, with the deconstruction finished, Joe started going the other way.  Here we see the deck stringers  which tie the aft cockpit bulkhead to the reshaped transom.  Note the judicious use of carbon (perhaps over foam core?) as an attempt to add stiffness to the floor of the hull and reduce the tendency of this old solid glass lay-up to "oil can". 

Joe typically embeds lok-nuts for the transom hardware, chain plates etc. in thickened resin to make them captive.  This makes hardware removal for painting and maintenance much easier and also reduces the number of inspection ports required for access to hard to reach nuts.

Another view of the aft end of the hull.

Forward most bulkhead. 

Shear clamps.

Joe took advantage of a dry spell of weather to paint the exterior of the hull.  My old Shelley, Say When can be seen in the background.  She's now owned by a junior sailor.

A far cry from when I brought her home.

Paint dried.  Returning to the interior furniture.  A new dagger board trunk.

This photo shows some of the timber support jig that Joe used to keep the hull in alignment.

Another view of the jig, from the bow.

The curves in the cut down and lightened bulkheads define the shape of the side tanks.

A bit of carbon to reinforce the struts coming diagonally from the king post.  Note the small ply gussets used to strengthen the center beam for the fore deck.

These curves define the shape of the well deck.

Additional framing for the side/seat tanks.

Joe first made poster board patterns for the decks and side tanks before cutting ply.

The finished boat at the CMBA Nationals in early October.  More about this regatta  can be seen here  and here and here .

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