My last post of progress pictures was may 17th. Back at post 427. So here is an up date. The king blank wood did not arrive till yesterday, and it was on not the full order. But the covering board wood arrived, 30 inches wide by 2 inches thick by 12 feet long. Six of these planks, they will have to be milled down to inch and a half thick. And the grown knees are still AWOL. In the mean time I have installed the short beams on the butter fly hatch. They look like this from below.
And here is the view from above the waist looking forward. For those who have not read all the post or are new, the stringers that you see in the picture will be removed eventually and a ceiling will be installed.
I laid down on the temporary work deck to look up through the new butterfly hatch hole to get a feel for what it will looks like, I really like it.
It is the hot time of the year, so I have been starting to work on the schooner by six in the morning. By nine o'clock in the morning it is H.O.T. hot. Also I have a new helper, an English gentleman/sailor, who sailed in to here a few months ago and took a shine to my project and joined the crew. He is in several of the pictures. So last month the two nicaraguans who have been working for me, decided to take a few weeks off, and sort of forgot to mention that they were not coming to work! And then, when they came back, they wanted a pay raise. I think that the idea was to show how much I needed them, only it backfired on them because the two of us still working were getting as much done as the four of us were doing before their walk out. So for now it is just myself and the Englishman on the job. Monday we finish bolting all the short deck beams on the butterfly hatch and start on the carlins for the main hatch. This one is a little tricky as it makes a open corner that will be something of a Chinese puzzle box to construct. Also I have made a few slight changes to the pilot house which will make it possible to put a head next to the aft cabin as per the wishes of SWMBO. Which makes the carlins on the quarter deck in the wrong place and so will have to be redone. I'll post the pics as we figure it out. Capt. Z.