29814Re: houseboat #481
- Jul 29, 2003Nice pics Paul,I am curious to see her finished.succes
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Paul" <bys@c...> wrote:
> I have added a few more pictures to Bolger2 houseboat file
> stuff to chuck at duckworks for inclusion into his projects.
> Things are going very well and John Bartlett visited for a while
> his CBBS came in handy but I have trouble keeping up. Here
is some of
> the text I sent to chuck for inclusion into the article. Right now
> John is off cruising the Rideau River in the Turtle and I am
> material for the next bender we go on. Should be boating but I
> I got a bit of the CBBS myself. Oh well, it is better than SARS
> With the hull in almost perfect alignment the interior
> could start almost immediately. With the help of John we
> cabin floor timbers and built the honeycomb of stringers to
> forward and rear deck. The four corner posts were installed,
> forward and aft cabin bulkheads measured, cut and installed.
> same time I epoxy coated the ply for the floor, coated and
> deck pieces and the upper sides. Also by coating and
> preconstructed forward and aft bulkheads we saved a lot of
> time after construction. We pre finished the uprights for the
> frames and installed them with alignment for the bathroom
> The window frames are made out of 1/4" ply and we cut them
> epoxy coating and glassing the exterior. Since the windows
> large, very little epoxy or glass was used for this operation.
> Before installing the window frames, the roof was built.
> Roof: The roof trusses were made out of full 1" ash wood and
> stringers out of 3/4" ash also. The clear wood was a treat to
> with, is very strong (free too from the old barn wood discussed
> earlier) and beautiful to look at without any finish on it. We
> the trusses and aligned them on a bench and planed them to
> exact size. After installing the header, (Mr. Bolger calls it a
> clamp) we attached the trusses the laid in the stringers with
> thickened epoxy using a string to align them. When dry we laid
> first sheet of ½" ply which was glassed on the topside and
> finished with epoxy on the underside. We marked where the
> were, removed the sheet, pre drilled from the marks and then
> for counter sinks from the topside. (About 40 screws per
> we applied thickened epoxy to the top of each stringer and
> before CAREFULLY setting each sheet in it place then
> down. The result was well beyond my expectations for both
> and strength.
> Windows: Various options were discussed at length. I decided
> all the windows (10 large windows for both sides and the front)
> ½" eastern pine and tinted acrylic mainly because I had the
> the price of the acrylic was very reasonable at a local plastic
> supplier. They turned out looking very nice and with gluing and
> screwing them together with a ½" grove for the acrylic are very
> strong. After installing the window frames and mocking up the
> slides, we decided to add three smaller windows so it would
> possible to see outside while the bed was down and in use.
> windows will be fixed closed but the upper windows will have
> forward and rear ones sliding to open. This gives plenty of
> ventilation or visibility for the skipper at the helm, one opens in
> the bathroom, one over the cooking area and one over the
> Since each window is 36" high by 30" wide this gives plenty of
> opportunity for ventilation. Roll down screens that velcro shut
> keep the bugs out when the windows are open if necessary.
> windows are removable with a couple of wing nuts and the
> arrangement for screens is used.
> Trim and Doors: Discussion is now under way to determine
> look. With the structure and roof done and almost paint ready,
> have to decide on the overall look. I am leaning towards using
> eastern pine to make 1 ½" inch trim and door frames. We
> to make a sliding door for both the rear entrance and the
> door, probably out of ½" ply with brass or bronze screen and a
> removable window for the rear door. Right now I am leaning
> the modified bifold door for the front doors with 2 18" doors on
> piano hinges which fold away from the helm station and nest
> against the front bulkhead. Again I would make two windows
> front door with screens and removable acrylic panels for
> weather and trailer travel.
> More to come on the final look and assembly of the windows,
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