With the port side transom porthole surround panels cut and dry-fitted, the two major vertical panels are temporarily attached to the hull frames and square to each other, and the transom vent chutes are cut and fitted, I’m ready to make the starboard side panels.
The panel above was a leftover from the aft stateroom walls. There’s always a question about whether or not to keep scraps since they take up space and can make for a messy work area. But this one turned out to be a good choice even with a dripped epoxy stain on one corner. That corner will be up against the framing…you’ll never see it.
I’ve been thinking of next steps on the cabinetry back here and decided to take advantage of that triangular space below the horizontal panel. Looks like a good place for a shelf…
If that epoxy drip had been an inch farther away from the edge, I wouldn’t have been able to use this panel. How’s that for good aim!?! 🙂
That’s a wrap for the starboard porthole surround panels. I’ll make a similar box for the port side, too. But the stack of panels needing clear coating is getting too big. I’ve been talking with my painter, and he indicated that he could come sand and spray panels on a weekend day if there’s a space at my boat to do it. We did that before when he painted the windshield frame on the aft deck. But the problem with that approach is that it takes a day to cover the whole boat, including the aft deck, in plastic. And to avoid dried overspray becoming airborne dust particles, we’d have to re-cover the whole thing after each painting session. That’s a lot of wasted time and money.
So…I talked to the yard owner and have been given permission to make a portable paint booth. The plan I’ve come up with will yield a clean room spray booth that’s big enough to spray the 16′ long mahogany safety rails, and it’ll have filtered intake and exhaust. We’ve been using the same paint fume extractor and exhaust filters as Weaver Boatworks, the local boat manufacturer where my Boatamalan painter* works. So if it’s good enough for a commercial builder it ought to suffice for somebody who only does this stuff on a few weekends. When not in use, it’ll fold up against the side of Tent Model XXX. If it works out the way I want, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours to set it up. That’s the plan. We’ll see how it turns out…
*Boatamalan: portmanteau indicating highly skilled boat workers of Central American origin. They’re actually from Honduras, but boat + [Guat]amalan has a nicer ring to it.