Sunday, June 16, 2013

Completion of the aft and cockpit lockers

This post, about work completed in the spring/early summer of 2012, follows on from the post Work starts on aft and cockpit lockers

The pictures tell most of the story. After sheathing in epoxy the wooden supports were primed. The lockers, with some veriation for the gas locker (see below), were sanded and undercoated with a coat of 10% thinned Hemple Multicoat. Finally 2 coats of unthinned Multicoat were added and touched up with a third where necessary. This was mainly where parts that were difficult to see or access had been missed for fear of leaning on wet paint. Multicoat is particually suited to the lockers and is easier to obtain locally than International's Danboline.

The aft locker. In the previous post on this subject I said that I intended to replace the hatch to this locker the other way up so it opened with a downward movement, to make access easier. It did not work because it jammed against the cockpit seats so it was reinserted with the original orientation.

The starboard cockpit locker. Note the sanded and shaped filler (International's Watertight) on the edge of the locker, showing that the painting of the inside of the lockers was completed before the cockpit and deck.
As stated in the previous post on this subject I intended the port cockpit locker to be a gas locker, or a least a safer locker for transporting the gas bottle, even if not permanently connected, than the original arrangement. After painting the inside of the hull epoxied plywood was used as a former for the glass fiber construction.

The layers of glass fiber were then built up gradually.

As you can see from this photo these steps were all carried out before the process of filling and sanding, filling and sanding and yet more filling and sanding of the cockpit and deck started.

Painting was with Multicoat. The hole is for an inspection hatch, just in case I need to get to the hull.
Ultimatly this locker only had half a season as a container for the gas bottle, which was never conected to the pipe you can see here. The story continues here.


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