Sunday, August 24, 2008

More Deck and Interior Progress

Work is ongoing on the port and starboard cabin interiors, as both forward decks have now been on for several weeks and the plan is to work my way aft with completing the main interior areas and then making and installing stern decks. The port hull is still a bit ahead of the starboard, as can be seen below. Here the galley sink and shelves have been installed and the outboard cabin side is filleted in place. Only a small amount of cosmetic filleting remains to be done in this area.

Here's a view looking into the port galley hull from the area where the companionway will be. Another small shelf will be added on top of the middle stringer on either side of the sink, to utilize an otherwise wasted space. The companionway steps are also installed but not visible from this angle.

Here's an exterior view of the port hull with the outer cabin side installed.

From this angle you can see the plywood portlight trim rings and how they have been filleted to the cabin side. These will be fiberglassed over right along with the surrounding surfaces. The Lexan will be fitted from the inside with matching trim rings to hold it in place.

Below is a view of the port foredeck just after installation. The temporary screws have been removed and the holes filled with epoxy.

Here's the starboard foredeck after fairing and pre-coating with epoxy. The decks will be fiberglassed next and then the hatch coamings will be built.

Inside the starboard hull I'm working on the layout of the shelves and panel faces that will house the 12-volt switch panels, battery voltage monitoring meter, VHF radio, SSB receiver, stereo and an AC inverter.

Most of these items will be mounted under the shelf in the companionway area of the hull, where you can see the open vertical framing here.

Removable panels of teak-faced 6mm ply will be screwed to the outside of this vertical frame. The instruments will be fitted in the removable panels, and all wiring organized inside under the shelf and accessible by removing the panels. Now that these sheer-level shelves have been fitted in the starboard hull, in the next couple of work sessions I can finish and install the outer cabin side.


Andy said...

Your cat is looking amazing!

Since you've had experience with both the hitia and tiki 21 I was just curious to ask a few questions about those designs. Do you think either of these would be good for inland lake sailing? I live near some large lakes on the TN river. I've just recently started monohull sailing but would like to try multihull. How did the hitia and tiki 21 do in light(er) wind? How did they do to windward? Did you have a preference for the spirit sail or tiki gaff? And how long would rigging and assembly take if done by yourself?

Sorry for all the questions and thanks for a great blog!

Scott B. Williams said...


I do think either of these designs would be good on the lakes in your area. That's beautiful area to sail by the way - I've done some paddling there and would like to sail there as well.

I definately prefer the gaff over the sprit rig for ease of reefing and general handling. There is now an option for a tiki gaff rig on the Hitia 17. Rigging and launching the Hitia 17 can be done in about 30-45 minutes with a good trailer. The Tiki 21 is much more difficult and not as suited for sailing off a trailer. I kept mine in a marina.

Boat boats did fine to windward in light air.


georges said...

Hello Scott ! How are you?
You don't work any more?

I would like to know how you evacuate your sink.
Have you pumps for sea-water and fresh water.
Where are your water-tank?

Thanks a lot for your answers.



Scott B. Williams said...

Hi Georges,

Not working on the boat much right now, but will resume soon.

The sink will have a simple pump for fresh water and drain to a seacock directly overboard. Sea water washing will be done on deck in a bucket.