Grapeview Point Boat Works

81 E Grapeview Point Rd + Allyn, WA 98524 + 360-277-9015 + boat_works@yahoo.com

Building a Glued Lapstrake Tirrik

Page 9: Fore and aft hatches

Tirrik's forward deck hatches
Tirrik's forward deck hatches

The forward deck is glued on, and the hatches are cut out. A spacer ring provides the depth required to install a rubber gasket (a test portion of which is visible), and another wider ring serves as a flange for the hatch to rest on. Brass turnbuttons will secure the hatches.

The aft compartment just got it's second (final) coat of epoxy paint, so then we should be able to glue on its deck.

This paint is really toxic to apply, but we have only one chance to paint in these confined areas, and it's worth the hassle to gain the benefits of a really durable paint.

Tirrik's aft compartment for a small outboard engine. Motor well visible at top left.
Tirrik's aft compartment for a small outboard engine. Motor well visible at top left.

The planking and inner stem is protected from damage by dynel sheathing set in epoxy. Really tough stuff. There isn't room for a chock to support the skeg end of the motor, so we sheathed the vulnerable areas, and no chock is required.

There will be a large hatch for the motor storage, and also a smaller hatch in the port side, to take advantage of additional storage space available there.




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