Monday, August 23, 2010
With the windows and doors installed, the first thing that I wanted to get done inside the boat was the installation of the wheelhouse sub-floor so that we wouldn't be climbing around on beams when we entered the boat through the wheelhouse door. First I installed the 2 by 3 nailers using the studs that we had welded to the sides of the steel floor supports. This is the same technique that we will use to install all of the wood nailers throughout the boat and after a little bit of a learning curve, I settled on a system for installing them that is fairly quick and easy. I also set up a drill press and a chop saw inside the boat which speeds up construction quite a bit. Once the nailers were up, we fitted up 2 layers of 3/4" plywood and fitted a soft-patch (section of deck that can be removed) for the installation of the engine into the engine room below.