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Re: Picara Pictures - Rig 43 in Bolger's 103 Sailing Rigs

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  • David Davis
    Thanks Nels for the kind words and the hatch holdown idea. Finish on this Picara is about as good as it will get, but the paint will be detailed a little more.
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 29, 2006
      Thanks Nels for the kind words and the hatch holdown idea.




      Finish on this Picara is about as good as it will get, but the paint
      will be detailed a little more.

      Boards in the companionway are just scrap - hope to make a nice set
      to match the ash tiller.

      The footwell is Jim's Michalak's placement, reduced in width from 24
      to 19
      inches - cover bolts on and / or may be fastened by bungie cord,
      would only bolt it in place if caught out in very heavy seas, that
      along with the bottom board in the companionway would make it harder
      to take water inside the boat.

      Backrest were my idea, area behind them hides wiring and is foam
      filled. Footwell will likely only be to stand in, seated, our feet
      will likely be on the opposite lip of the footwell. -- forgot to get
      the boat cushions in the picture, they bring the seating surface to
      the same height as the footwell lip - footwell lip is well rounded
      to the inside.

      Will try to lead the forward anchor line all the way aft to the
      cockpit and store anchors just forward of the footwell under the
      little bridge deck. See how it works out.

      The bulkhead (16.5) the tiller rest on is raised as high as possible
      to help keep any aft boarding wave out of the boat, the aft slop
      well was decked in for the same reason.

      The decked over aft slop well and the area aft of the footwell can
      be made 100 % watertight, each has a large access cover and each has
      1 inch drain holes that allow any water in these spaces to drain
      forward to the bilge pump - drain holes may be stoped by regular 1
      inch boat plugs - so far I have decided not to put any drain holes
      in the boats bottom. Area under the aft deck will be used for deck
      chairs etc. storage with the cover off most of the time.

      9 cu feet of foam on the utility room side walls, still with plenty
      of room for ballast on the sole, an ice chest on each side with a
      utility shelf over the ice chest to cook on. Battery under the step
      down from the deck to utility room sole.

      Enough for this post.

      David Davis
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