Another visitor was John Welsford, back from a trip to Chile. He came to check up on progress and brought me a wonderful present: a Bailey No 3 plane, which he rebuilt from parts. This is narrower than most planes, which reduces its weight and, as John pointed out, fits my small hand more readily. It's a delightful tool, but apparently they are not made any more. Sad. Many thanks, John.
While I'm working away, particularly when doing rather monotonous tasks like sanding and scraping, my mind is occupied with all sorts of thoughts. One is that I still haven't found a good name for this boat: SibLim (Small Is Beautiful, Less Is More) is a great name for the design, but isn't what I want for my (I hope) beautiful boat. I'm afraid I'm a bit of a romantic when it comes to boat names, and don't really like 'clever' ones, or puns - unless they are particularly subtle. I don't want to call her after an animal again; nor do I want a girl's name, nor a star, nor a character from mythology. It's all very difficult.
Below is a photo progress report:
|With the temporary bulkhead removed, I can see the saloon panelling.
|The scarphs land where they land, although it would be nice if they ended up on the bulkhead!
|Additional framing around the bilgeboard panels. This area will be sealed off, so I need to ensure that all the wood is thoroughly coated. I will undoubtedly fit an access hatch, however, so that I can be sure there is nothing untoward going on.
|I'm rather pleased with this scarph!