Installing Ash Ceiling
Installing Ribs for Hull Ceiling
Installing the Ash Ceiling
Working in the forward cabin was a major PITA. I had to crawl in, out, and over the bulkheads. Eventually, I came up with a system that was not too difficult. I used my sliding bevel gauge to miter cut the ends which I did with a small inexpensive Japanese pull saw. I sealed the ends that I cut with some shellac and kept moving right along. I fit each piece, marked for the holes I needed to drill with an indelible pen, then drilled the holes, and installed it with #8 bronze oval head slotted screws. Nothing to it. Just tedious. I still needed to apply one more coat of tung oil to the ceiling for the galley and nav station area. I lightly sanded the pieces for the final coat. But, I hesitated. I was not happy with the tung oil finish in the forward cabin. It was OK, but just not that same luxurious look the original ceiling had. The weather cleared and was sunny and dry. The time was now. I moved the finishing tables out on our deck in the shade and whipped out some Epifanes High Gloss Varnish--the same stuff I have used every where else--and brushed on one unthinned coat over the 3 coats of Formbys Tung Oil Finish. Wow! Mo better. I left them to dry and went to work on the kero tank (see entry below). Today, I installed the varnished galley and nav station ceiling. Because there was very little curve to the hull where they were installed I was able to pre-cut to exact lengths before I applied the finish. So, it was just a matter of marking for holes, drilling and installed. Easy day. I added some additional insulation along the area at the top of the hull along the inward turning deck flange. I used very flexible closed cell foam that came in a 50' roll about 6" wide. My hope is it will provide a little insulation along the hull deck joint and keep the hardware fasteners from condensing water into the interior of the boat. Can't hurt and it was easy to install. The ceiling insulation is now complete except for the area along the hull above the sitz tub.