Tarps are off, tarps are on

Its seems to have been raining non stop since Hobart, the rainfall records show 180mm so far for March, with shed floor 20mm underwater it was not really conducive to working. Progress has suffered badly. Building walls seems to be the “cure all”  fix these days, so I have done the same and the 2100mm high wall on the southern side has made a huge difference in reducing wind born rain ingress from that that side. Roller doors and polycarbonate sheeting above the wall are high on the shed building priority list.


Before erecting the wall it was necessary to move the boat. A hydraulic jack made quick work of pushing boat and jig about 300mm further into the shed.


In gumboots I took the Chinese jack hammer to smash a few rocks in the ditch that were causing a hindrance to water drainage. No more water over the shed floor. I really should not complain as the first three William Atkins Erics built for Henry Bixby appear to have been built outdoors exposed to the Huntingdon Long Island weather with average annual temperature of about 11C and 1138mm rainfall.

3 Erics - Huntington HarborFaith, Hope and Charity the first three Erics under construction by Richard Chute.

Of Yachts and Men – William Atkin

I’ve been concentrating on cutting all the internal panels which could have been done on a CNC router.


The cockpit was tackled first, two panels run from deck to hull forming a water tight compartment below the shallow cockpit locker sole which is at the same level as the cockpit sole allowing any water that finds its way into these lockers to drain into the cockpit well. The buoyancy compartments will be filled with used milk bottles.


The bulkheads form part of the furniture.


Bunk tops and sides extend to the hull creating a strong structure.


A peek inside the forward cabin which will used for sails, tools, anchor and ground tackle and equipment spares.


The main cabin looking forward from the engine compartment with galley on the left hand side and water tankage below the cabin sole.


And finally the pilot berth bunk top.It will be snug.


And the Engine Compartment and ice box access to the right, looking aft.



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