Garrett consults the building book

while I continue on the next Salt&Tar

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I’m so done talking about the snow and the weather but as it’s still melting slow we remain in the clutches of winter. We’ve moved a few things around and have cleaned up the shed a bit in hopes to improve the flow of motivation. To be honest we’ve mostly been making food and drinking tea. Conserving our energy for the spring to come. Garrett’s been working on the cabin top beams. So far they’ve been constructed out of plywood, which we’ll paint, but I think Garrett may be changing his mind…. He’s been thinking, you know. I think… as well… that his newer idea may be better and he should do it. He’s contemplating laminating together western red cedar for the beams, which we’ll varnish. His hold up is weighing the cost and the time to put these together since the plywood beams are already made. But I know Garrett and he will be truly satisfied if he does it the way he really wants to. The cedar beams will look just gorgeous in the cabin up next to the port orford ceiling. So I may upload pictures later with the beams redone but for now here are the photos of the progress so far:

All three of us are itching to taking off the side walls of the shed. Rediviva deserves to feel the sun. She’s been hard to photograph this winter in the dark. The starboard side of the shed has earned the nickname, the dark side. That portion of the shed is always cold and dreary (probably due to the snow spilling in through the wall.) We can’t express how anxious we are for the change in the season. We still have a bit of cold weather epoxy so we are thinking tomorrow we might get out to the boat early to begin glassing the deck. A second layer on the hull to deck joint needs to be applied and then the entire deck is ready to be covered. The cabin house to deck joinery can be done after that (with 6” cloth). Once the cabin top is on (after we figure out the final consensus on the beams) we will do one more big layer overtop the whole cabin house overlapping the deck a wee bit. I’m getting close on the next episode despite the technical delays. There’s the bright side to not being able to put in as many hours at the boat as we’d like, I can just keep my nose in my laptop to be productive!

That’s all for now 🙂




2 thoughts on “

  1. Hello Ruthie & Garrett,
    I found your blog a few weeks ago and have quite enjoyed watching your process.
    Had a thought about cabin ceiling beams. I recently gutted and redid the ceiling in my beloved old wooden boat. I’ve got 1 1/2″ of ridged foam between ceiling beams (insulation good) then cedar t&g and finally a strip of trim a little wider than the beam. I’ll try to include a photo, if that doesn’t work email me at;
    Would love to come by meet y’all and see Rediviva.
    Carpe Diem


  2. It’s a lot more work, but my opinion (for what it’s worth:)) would be laminated deck beams, they will look nicer and they’ll probably be stronger.


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