A record of the renovation of a
Wooden Drascombe Longboat 'Otter'

8th February 2007. Snow and cartoons

Woke up to snow this morning. Poked the inside of the marquee roof with a broom to displace the snow.

It all looks very pretty!

At least it means the weather is warming up.

The last few days have been rather frustrating as I haven't been able to get on with bonding the rear bulkhead and rudder case then the aft end off the hog and then the transom. I am building up a backlog waiting for the temperature to be warm enough. I usually wait for it to rise to 10°C, which it can when the sun shines. (Greenhouse effect)

In the meantime I have been working on the watertight hatches, getting all the parts cut and planed ready for bonding.

Here are some of my Leonardo-like cartoons!

This is the forward edge of the rear deck (lazerette) locker lids. There will be a flexible seal where the black blob is.

I plan to put the hinges on the outer edge and the catches on the inner edge.

The hinge side requires a 40mm gap, rather than 25mm to allow for the lid swinging out. The centre of the hinge is at the dot beneath the arrow at the top of the gap.

I need a way of draining the water out of the slot and I thought that I could put a tube from the bottom of the slot leading to the rudder casing.

This is the sketch of the watertight hatches on the side benches. They will drain into the cockpit.

Here are some photos of a Norman Whyte Longboat that shows the type of locker lids that I am building.


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