With the salon stained and varnished and that galley board made pretty and installed, next I had to make, varnish, and install mahogany plywood panels to replace the rotten stuff around the galley windows.
The angled plywood panels on both sides of the galley were rotten from leaking bow seat windows.
I didn’t save the old panels, which would have made good patterns. No problem, though, because I’ve got a Eureka Zone EZ-One woodworking center that makes cutting perfect angles on ply a breeze.
Measuring and marking the panel took longer than the actual set-up and cutting with the EZ-One. Given the space I have to work in, there’s no way I could have done this with a table saw. The first panel needed a fraction of a degree of additional material cut from the angle. No problem–just put the panel under the track guide edge and position it so the saw cuts nothing on one end and 1/16″ at the far end of the cut. Set-up and the cut itself took less than a minute. Try that with a conventional table or panel saw!
Buffalo Batts provide the biggest “bang for the buck” when it comes to insulation that’s appropriate for the humid marine environment. I put the Buffalo Batt scraps on the panel in the pic above after coating the back with epoxy, yielding R3 insulation on the backside of the panels. The ICA clear on the face of the panel was already cured.
Chris Craft used bungs to cover screw holes that held their interiors together, but I’m trying to avoid bungs wherever possible. Like most new boats, this panel will be just glued in place with epoxy.
The new wood isn’t quite a perfect match to the 1968-era mahogany, but with the Pettit 1095p stain it’s pretty close.
That refrigerator has been a pain in the but ever since I moved it aboard after I got the paperwork SNAFU resolved back in 2012. It came in through the salon roof hatch hole on the same “crane day” as the Cummins 6CTAs and the washer and dryer that are in the aft stateroom, and the fridge has been in the way ever since. It was nice to finally have a use for the thing!
I’ve got the starboard side mahogany panel ready to install, but some other things are calling for my attention. Motion Windows tells me my helm station windows are on the way, and winter is coming so it’s time to get the window frame installed. Also, I need to install the port engine before it gets too cold.