With the galley pantry panels installed, I moved on to other panels that face the hull in the salon. The cold winter made it hard to keep up momentum, since epoxy doesn’t kick when it’s too cold. But it was 76°F one day last week, then it snowed over the weekend. Today it will be 78°F. On the upside, the epoxy is finally starting to cure. I just wish it would stay warm enough on the weekend for me to get more stuff done.
The idea here is to have the living space sealed to isolate it from the hull envelope. The hull and decks are insulated, and I insulate the backside of every panel that faces that hull. Since metal boats can be difficult to keep comfortable, temperature-wise, this insulation approach should make my boat a lot warm in winter and cool in summer.
This 1/4″ Douglas fir panel was a bit challenging because the hull starts curving in toward the bow here. The plane of the back and front edges aren’t the same. Once I push the panel into place, the forward edge needs to be slightly curved so it fits closely to the upright galley pantry panel. Tight joints will help ensure there’s no air leakage between the hull envelope and the interior.