Saturday, December 31, 2011

Deck




By the time the boat was turned upright much of her deck structure had already been made.
The information needed to establish deck camber was all available on the lofting so cutting out the beams and carlins was not a problem. Of course they were all left long and fitted to the actual boat. With the beams in work could begin on the assortment of reinforcement and blocking needed to support various elements of the rig and to provide backing for the deck hardware. Work could also begin on the numerous plywood knees that would turn the deck hull connection into a box beam running the length of the boat. These knees are also part of the
cabinet work that will give the boat a great deal of storage space.
As much as possible the deck structure is designed to belp the boat resist torsional strains. A shallow beamy boat with a large rig and a crew sitting out will want to twist. One of the original Silent Maid's owners tells a story of sailing her in an ocean race between Manasquan and Cape May. Driving to weather and coming up on a mark his wife decided to use the head. Because of the boat's twisting she was not able to open the door to exit the head, the only solution was to tack the boat. Her doting husband refused to do so until he reached the mark which was still some ways off. I believe the marriage survived, no indication was given as to the Maid's placement in the race. We mean to build a boat that does not present such domestic conundrums.















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