Tuesday, March 7, 2017

St. Jacques Log 07 Mar 17: Bow Seat

07 Mar 17:

I've been pondering the bow seat for the Penobscot 14 for weeks, finally tackled it. Used the paper pattern to get the first slat roughed in, then measured, cut and screwed the rest of the slats. Rounded the edges with a trim router, applied a coat of Jamestown Distributors TotalBoat Wood Sealer, then the first coat of JD TotalBoat Gleam Varnish Satin. Skipper brought out coffee and Skippervised.

Paper pattern that we made a few weeks back for the bow seat, traced the outer edge and stem notch for the port side seat slat.

Made the rough cut with a 4 1/2 inch circular saw. Then scribed the plank curve onto the bow seat slat. The nice compass was a junk shop find!

Bow seat slat outer edge trimmed and beveled 10 degrees inward to fit close to hull plank.

Marked the inner edge of the 2 1/4 inch seat slat.

Coffee Commander and Skippervisor.

Basic frame for bow seat slats, first 2 slats cut and screwed to battens with silicone bronze Frearson screws from Jamestown Distributors. Be sure to order the Frearson bit and Fuller countersink bits as well, they make installation easy.

Cut and fit more bow seat slats, spaced exactly number 2 pencil width apart. Secured with silicone bronze screws.

Cut a nice edge detail on one side of the seat then copied the profile onto painter's paper for the mirror side.

Made a pattern to transfer the seat edge detail to the flip side. Cut with jigsaw.

Sealed the cypress with Jamestown Distributors TotalBoat Wood Sealer Varnish Primer. They sent me a free sample to try out and I like it. It coats well and doesn't run, it also has a long working time. They also sold me the chip brushes, paint strainers, gloves and Gleam varnish.

First coat of Jamestown Distributors TotalBoat Gleam Satin Spar Varnish over cypress. I like the color and the varnish has a long working time.

Penobscot 14 bow seat, removable for storage and maintenance access. Arch's design calls for this compartment to be sealed, but we wanted access and ventilation instead. We will place a few Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) blocks in there and in the aft compartment as well, possibly spare PFDs and float cushions as well. Primary occupant of this compartment will be the anchor and anchor line.

Here are a few more detail photos.

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