Walk the Plank!

This weekend I continued my interior rebuild project. On the way to the boat I figured I’d stop by the bus office in Kisarazu to pick up Mom’s bag. The one I forgot on the bus last weekend. So I stepped off the bus in Kisarazu and pulled out my phone to check the directions. At which point I realized I’d forgotten my phone on the bus. Oops. Luckily I was headed to the bus lost and found anyway. I found my way over there and picked up both items. You’ve got to love Japanese service! They had both waiting for me when I arrived.

Out at the boat I continued my settee berth project. After thinking it over all week I’ve decided to go with the high berths. They’ll be a bit uncomfortable to sit on for shorter people, but the advantages in stronger frame mounting points and storage room underneath make it worthwhile. I completed most of the starboard side wood frame and am pretty happy with it.

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I’d brought along an unused memory foam mattress from my apartment which I’ll cut to fit later. For that night I just laid it down as is and found it quite comfortable. Length was a perfect fit. I had quite a good night’s sleep in this new berth. I’m actually glad that I went with the higher height now, somehow it feels cozier, more of a proper bunk and less like just a bench. Being higher off the floor makes it feel more snug and secure. Like summer camp bunk beds.

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I still need to fill in a couple of panels, cut access hatches, fiberglass, then paint. The idea is to make these as watertight as possible for dry storage and to provide neutral bouyancy in case of a collision.

The next morning I cut some 1 x 2’s to strengthen the internal frame. I then worked on moving Watari over to her permanent berth. Until now I’ve just rafted up to Sekine san’s yacht, because moving her required enough time to build this:

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Thats right, a gangplank! Now I can make unruly crew members walk the plank. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. It was mostly built with leftover boards from the old settee I removed. Notice the line that runs from the end of the plank over the top of the bow pulpit. This allows me to extend and withdraw it from the seawall pretty easily with the end sliding into place on the lower bar of the pulpit.

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When not in use it stows up on the seawall.

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It was a pretty nice day out by the water today. No time for sailing though with all that plank building going on.

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