Compartment

An additional part frame has been added to create a forward wall of the compartment with stringers to support the deck. The compartment will include the aft hatch and the skylight and match the width of the planking. It is screwed down to stop water coming in if it should every been blow over. The walls and the floor are removable to allow ballast to be added.

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Compartment
Compartment
Compartment Completed

 
 
Compartment sides

After all the planking had been fitted, it became obvious that the gap between the compartment and the removable lid was going to let in water. When the boat was floating I pulled it over with the mast to simulate heeling. Water came in through the gunnels and flowed around the deck but drained when righted. The compartment was modified so that the lid sat in a channel which would drain into the bulges. A water tight seal would need a complete redesign. Lets see what happens. Tape over the gap?