SibLim update

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  • 21 May 2017 22:59
    Reply # 4844826 on 4843255
    David Tyler wrote:

    I take it you've considered and rejected lowering the cabin sole by the offending inch? Once again, I must intone my mantra - "higher, heavier deck - bad".

    Like David Thatcher, I don't stand at full height when working at a bench or counter. I'd like to be sure that you're doing the right thing by setting a piece of MDF sheet above your kitchen in the boat shed, at exactly the height and angle of the deckhead, and then see whether or no you make frequent contact with it while actually cooking.

    David, as I said, I though long and hard about this.  Lowering the cabin sole isn't really an option, because it would take a surprising amount off the width. Of course I laid a panel across where the deck would be and tried it first.  I have a back issue that is usually quiescent, but this is just the sort of thing that kicks it off.  I suspect that the extra inch won't make much more difference in windage than putting on the wedge to raise the headroom amidships and very little in weight.



  • 20 May 2017 09:37
    Reply # 4843255 on 4315719

    I take it you've considered and rejected lowering the cabin sole by the offending inch? Once again, I must intone my mantra - "higher, heavier deck - bad".

    Like David Thatcher, I don't stand at full height when working at a bench or counter. I'd like to be sure that you're doing the right thing by setting a piece of MDF sheet above your kitchen in the boat shed, at exactly the height and angle of the deckhead, and then see whether or no you make frequent contact with it while actually cooking.

  • 19 May 2017 15:25
    Reply # 4842061 on 4315719

    Annie, does this mean that you'll be adding an extra layer on top of the existing beam shelf, to raise it that extra inch?

    I must say that it's nice to see the beams laid in place, so that I can see the form the deck is going to take.

    Last modified: 19 May 2017 15:31 | David
  • 16 May 2017 09:47
    Reply # 4835749 on 4315719

    Well, I thought long and hard about it, but taking into account that I do sometimes have a back issue, and that, when I have time, I can often spend many a happy hour in the galley, I came to the conclusion that it was worth being able to stand up with a straight back.  It's only a matter of about an inch, but it's an inch that might make all the difference over the years. 

    As to side decks, to be honest, I've never quite seen the point of them.  And I like the look for the flush deck and full-width cabin.

  • 15 May 2017 06:45
    Reply # 4833508 on 4831824
    Annie Hill wrote:

    I don't know if I mentioned it, but when I mocked up the deck some time ago, I decided that while the headroom amidships was beyond ample, by the time I was at the region of the galley counter, I was going to be getting a crick in my neck, so I decided to raise the whole lot onto rather than alongside the bulkheads.  


    On Footprints, despite all her excess of headroom down the centre line, by the time one gets to the hull side galley bench there is not full headroom, (for me at least), but I have not found it to be a problem because if working at that bench one is leaning over a bit anyway. It makes me glad to have the flush deck all the way out to the hull sides rather than having to deal with the loss of space caused by side decks and a trunk cabin.
  • 14 May 2017 02:33
    Reply # 4831824 on 4315719

    I've been making the deck beams all week.  I am embarrassed that it should have taken so long to do what most people would have knocked up in a couple of days.  My only consolation with the length of this project, is that I am still working from money put by and not (yet) digging into capital.  (And my capital is growing faster than I'm drawing down on it, so bankruptcy is still at a distance).  But I plod on and am essentially enjoying the project, so I guess that's the main thing.

    I don't know if I mentioned it, but when I mocked up the deck some time ago, I decided that while the headroom amidships was beyond ample, by the time I was at the region of the galley counter, I was going to be getting a crick in my neck, so I decided to raise the whole lot onto rather than alongside the bulkheads.  This gives me a wee bit of a at the gunwale detail, but I think is worth it.  Anyway, once I'd made and sanded them all, I offered the beams up (really, to give myself a boost) and like the looks of my suddenly-reduced-in-size boat. 


  • 07 May 2017 08:44
    Reply # 4818761 on 4315719

    All looking good, Annie, insofar as I can see the photos on the screen of my phone. 

  • 07 May 2017 03:40
    Reply # 4818637 on 4315719


    Many thanks for that, Gary.  After the mammoth tabernacle building sessions

    I'm back on my own.  I've been making deck beams, which gives me wonderfully illusory feelings of speed and progress.  The reason for this, is that having finished the tabernacle, I wanted to build a 'mast step' for it.  But because it's tapered, it had to be cut to the correct length before I could make the mast step.  To cut it to its correct length I had to know where the deck would be.  I have no measurements to tell me this, and besides, things don't always match the plans!  So then I had to work out where the deck would be but to do this I had to know exactly how thick the beams would be and to do this I had to make the deck beams.  So, that's what I've been doing.  But before I can fit the deck beams, I will need to do the gunwale details, which involves gluing more cedar onto the edge to the plywood and planing it all to fit.  Then (let's be realistic) I will have to fit the bulkheads to the deck beams. 

    Anyway, here's a nice pic of a stack of deck beam centres:

    And may I just take this opportunity to say how much I hate the Wild Apricot platform when it comes to putting photos into my album and then trying to share them!!!!!

    Right, let me go and get on with building this damn boat.

  • 01 May 2017 01:07
    Reply # 4792948 on 4315719

    Nice to catch up with the latest work on Siblim. Looking good Annie and I love the level of finish.


  • 17 Apr 2017 23:44
    Reply # 4757572 on 4754243
    David Tyler wrote:

    Is Pete putting the pivot at the top of the tabernacle, or at the heel, as I've been advocating recently? The latter would work on Siblim, as there is no raised deckhouse, and would avoid having to make a clamp-on band for the mast.


    No, David.  We don't like the idea very much, preferring the additional support that will come securing the mast at the top of the tabernacle.  Actually, I'm thinking of a pin through the tabernacle and a Dyneema seizing wrapped around the mast, at the moment.
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