With a little help from my “Dutch” friends – Bulkheads

As this Pingo Project ( Build a Suhaili Replica , Sail the GGR ) moves along I’m often amazed at the interest and offers of help from friends and even strangers who soon become friends. One such old friend is Jelmer who is on the Blog circulation list. He put me in touch with three trainees from HMC mbo vakschool in Amsterdam looking for a Practical Internship for 10 weeks during May to July.

Timo and Nick have their own very interesting project researching and building a replica Monetschip .

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And Pim is building  a Wooden Jetski .      thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2018-01-25-at-17_30_30

 

 

 

 

 

My boat is at the install bulkhead stage which mainly involves trying to outwit gravity and get wet laminate to stay put on the hull internal surfaces. Optimism,  determination and a good sense of humour are essential. There are eleven bulkheads,  each with twelve construction stages. A simple chart allows us to see progress.

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Dress Planking involves knocking of the planking high spots. This is followed with filling of cracks and defects ( the planking is recycled timber ). Here Pim is carefully grinding prior filling the forward section.P1060647S

Backing laminates provide a hard bearing surface for the bulkheads. Timo is rolling out the bench wet-out laminate onto a sealed tacky resin coat. The masking tape guides  location.

After the Backing Laminate has been applied and cured the Bulkhead is trimmed to fit, and bonded with a microfiber blend in epoxy resin.

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After bonding the bulkhead a microsphere epoxy filet is applied to provide a landing for the tabbing tapes and remove the hard edge created by the bulkhead bearing on the soft western red cedar planking. Timo, Pim and Nick below.

Double bias tapes are laminated over the cove extending onto Backing Laminates and Bulkhead surfaces.

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It only takes time and patience, AND a little help from my friends.

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5 thoughts on “With a little help from my “Dutch” friends – Bulkheads”

    1. Hi Rob, Thanks, just having fun! Much of the under sole compartments are integral water tanks and fuel tanks. The cabin sole is basically a wet deck and drains aft via a grate at the bottom of the companionway ladder to a sump between bulkhead 8 and 9 (companionway bulkhead). Aft of Bulkhead 9 there will be limber holes in bulkhead 10 to allow water to drain to lowest part of the boat at the Stern Post. I’m determined to have no leaks so the only major water ingress will be through companionway or forward hatch. A second sump at the mast bulkhead allows for pumping out the forward compartment. There are many sealed buoyancy compartments which I believe provide the approximate 5m^3 necessary to stay afloat should the hull be breached.
      Regards Mike

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  1. Very good work !

    See you.

    Em ter, 29 de mai de 2018 às 12:01, THE PINGO PROJECT escreveu:

    > thepingoproject posted: “As this Pingo Project ( Build a Suhaili Replica , > Sail the GGR ) moves along I’m often amazed at the interest and offers of > help from friends and even strangers who soon become friends. One such old > friend is Jelmer who is on the Blog circulation list. He” >

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