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Date Posted: - Wednesday - 08/20/08 - 1:10am
Author: Randall
Subject: REPORT #15: Glory Shots
In reply to: Randall, M31, Murre 's message, "Aft Cabin Bulkhead Replacement" on - Monday - 01/21/08 - 9:56pm

These remarks pertain to work (and play) toward the end of June:


So the bulkhead job was finally completed, but the masts, wrapped all winter, needed a coat of paint, as did the bum. Those two operations took two more weekends, but being out of the shed—out in the sun and near others in the yard who were working to prepare their boats for the water—was a great relief.

We stepped the masts on a Friday evening and by 2pm the next day Murre was returned to the bird she is, bursting into sail like a phoenix, tugging at her tethers to be off into the summer’s breeze.

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I flew the sails all afternoon at dock while I worked getting ready for the next day’s departure, occasionally (frequently, more like) stepping away to admire their whiteness, their draw, the life they’d put back into Murre.

“She’s really pretty,” said a man from the next finger over. He’d been leaning on a piling, smoking a cigarette, and admiring Murre for some minutes, which pleased me no end.

“Where’d you get such a boat?” he said.

“She’s Japanese built, 1972.” I said.

“Really?,” he said, “that’s kinda old for such a little thing, isn’t it?.”

“Pardon?” I said, preparing to be offended.

“The dingy.” He said. “She’s a really pretty thing nestled against your sail boat. Where’d you get that dingy?”

--

Next day James, Cody, and I motored away from the San Rafael Yacht Harbor crane dock for a “sea trail” sail and delivery of Murre back to Sausalito. James owns Malolo, M31 #14, and had her in the San Rafael yard for a refit. We’d only met a couple weeks before, but it was gratifying to see another Mariner receiving meticulous care. Cody, James dog, is in charge of quality assurance on the Malolo project, and so was a required participant on Murre’s brisk sail home.

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And after an exhilarating sail, and after dropping James and Cody, Murre and I dashed back out to Paradise Cove for an overnight … because for reasons that I can’t quite explain, it’s not just about the sailing, it’s about sailing to a place where one can anchor overnight, and there is something about anchoring overnight that resets the world’s clock to just the right minute.

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The end, by god!

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[> SUMMARY OF MATERIALS -- Randall, - Wednesday - 08/20/08 - 1:30am

WOOD

-One sheet of 5/8ths Okume marine plywood.

*I stuck with the original thickness due to the tightness of fit between the inside of the splashboard shoulder and the inside of the cabin side framing. Also, beefing up the thickness too much would have thrown off the fit, as the bottom and top of the bulkhead fasten on opposite sides. That said, I did install heavy glass on the bulkhead’s exterior, which added a lot of strength without affecting the fit too much.
*After cutting out the aft cabin bulkhead, there was enough left over to make the starboard “quarter berth” bulkhead.

-Random pieces of ½” Okume ply left over from the 2003 deck job, this for the battery box.

-A few feet of 8x4 Santa Maria was needed for the athwartships frame and the battery box.

-One small piece of ¼” ply for the navigation shelf.


RESIN AND GLASS

-Two gallons of resin and equivalent hardner.
*I used West System brand epoxy only because I’m use to it.
*All joints were bonded with epoxy mixed with West 406 Colloidal Silica.
*Both West 407 Low Density and 410 Micro Light fairing powder were used.

-Six yards of 18oz roving and six yards of 1.5oz mat, used to sheath the exterior of the aft cabin bulkhead and both sides of the “quarter berth” bulkhead.

-Five yards of 6” Biaxial Tape, used to lock the athwartships deck beam to the hull and to itself and to secure the “quarter berth” bulkhead.

-Five yards of very light 6” tape, used to seal the aft cabin bulkhead and coach deck joint.


FASTENERS

All are listed in the above text and none were of quantities to warrant purchasing in quantity. Stainless steel fasteners were used throughout, and all ring nails were replaced with wood screws.


PAINT AND VARNISH

Paint: One quart Interlux Brightside White and one quart Interlux Brightside Hatteras blended as per above (this was enough for the bulkhead and cabin top).

Varnish: One quart Epiphanes for the interior (used about half) and Cetol Light for the exterior (eyebrows and hatch frame touch-up only).


SPECIALTY TOOLS

*A very thin, wide and long spatula helps to separate joints with minimal damage to the wood.
*The Fein Multi Master: buy it; love it--I'm not kidding!
*Large tailor's scissors are expensive but make precise cutting of heavy glass a breeze.
*The drill press—I know one can make wood plugs with a hand drill, but I couldn't figure out how.


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