Where's me washboards?

One of the jobs that I was keen to get done was to replace the tired washboards with bifold doors. I chose the bifold arrangement so as not to obscure the instruments to be fitted on the port and starboard bulkheads.

 I like the honesty of the wash boards but they are a pain to live with.

I like the honesty of the wash boards but they are a pain to live with.

 

They weren’t leaking but going in and out when the weather is wet the hatch has to be opened and as they slide up and the wood swells pushing up from inside they would often stick. Also the original ventilator was missing, replaced by gaffer tape and the original marine ply was starting to delaminate.

When inside with the washboards in place and the hatch slid closed, ventilating the boat and letting some light in would mean sliding the hatch back letting any rain into the main cabin then there is storage of washboards when not in the hatchway. All in all not optimum.

I decided to make the new doors out of 15mm marine ply with Utile facings and make them fit within the existing sliders as the hatch itself only slides so far and is designed to minimise water entry while the washboards are in situ.

Also without adding extra depth to the outside Teak surround the hinges would have to be face mounted but with the doors inside the slide area if the doors are locked even if the hinges are removed the doors cannot be opened.

Using the old washboards as a template I cut out a thin ply shape then did a final fit before committing the 15mm marine ply to the saw. Three vertical lines to give four sections were cut using a bandsaw, one of the best tools to buy when getting a workshop together.

Then the hinges were fitted on the inside to test the fit.

 Had to drill two sixteen mm holes in the underside of the sliding canopy to fit the rack and pinion barrel bolts.

Had to drill two sixteen mm holes in the underside of the sliding canopy to fit the rack and pinion barrel bolts.

In this image the outside rain stoppers are in place covering the joins which are cut on a 35% angle away from the direction or water ingress and the barrel locks are in place which fix into the sliding canopy. These can be operated from outside and inside, important for security.

All this is so much like software design in that one tries to cover all the angles in the most elegant way and if there is existing infrastructure, use this as much as possible where it benefits the finished project.

Next the covering strips of Utile where added and the whole thing given a sealing coat of epoxy resin and five coats of exterior varnish.

Ventilators of stainless steel with a wire mesh insert to stop insects where added along with internal bottom bolts. You can probably see the small indentations added to accommodate the ventilator handles and bolt sliders so the doors would fold almost flat.

Sometimes working with existing constraints ( the thickness of the marine ply having to match the original wash board sliders) these compromises are required.

 Spot the deliberate mistake? had to move the handle as it tended to fold the door instead of close it.

Spot the deliberate mistake? had to move the handle as it tended to fold the door instead of close it.

The doors can be opened nearly all the way with the canopy in place, just as I’d hoped and with the canopy slid back a few inches more they fold completely out of the way.

 Getting in and out without opening the canopy more than a smidge is bliss.

Getting in and out without opening the canopy more than a smidge is bliss.

The finished doors haven’t let a drop of rain in even during what seemed like our own tropical rain storms that overwhelmed our gutters at home which with the doors facing west is a good test.

 

 With no horizontal lines to trap water the bottom rails are angled to offer least resistance.

With no horizontal lines to trap water the bottom rails are angled to offer least resistance.

 

So next: How to steam bend a new ceiling.

In another life over twenty years ago before I started ABS Software®, my main passion was furniture making and working with wood.

In another life over twenty years ago before I started ABS Software®, my main passion was furniture making and working with wood.

 

Over the years I was lucky enough to make and design furniture for Liberty’s in London, taking my design cues from the Arts and Crafts movement as the simplicity and clean lines appealed to my ascetic sense.

 

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Dresser, display cabinet, table and chairs from the Liberty 2 range in the Regent Street display showroom

Two injuries, one serious and one not so had me reconsider my vocation and as I was spending a lot of time designing on a computer, with the help of a friend from BT who taught me the rudiments of programming I found a fascination with code and Inline with my preference for honest furniture the desire to keep it simple.

Over the years this has helped in writing readable code and building apps that performed in a timely manner.

Around three years ago I really wanted to get my hands involved with making again so cast around for a project that would satisfy my urge to work wood in a practical way.

I’ve always loved boats and back in the 80’s completed a course on boat outfitting and building so bought an inexpensive 23 ft sailing boat in need of TLC.

 

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Westerly 23ft Pageant built circa 1973 being delivered to the boatyard.

The interior had been just about gutted with the headlining gone in both cabins, all electrical wiring removed and the engine not run for over ten years.

Keeping things simple looked like a long way off as everything boat wise is curved and I’m no electrician when it comes to sacrificial anodes.

But with no launch date I can at least do a pleasing job in my own time.

More pictures to follow cataloguing the refit.

Thanks for reading.

 

Flat economy? Use software to help you gain trade advantage

“Productivity is an economic measure of the efficiency of a workforce. It typically measures the level of output per hour of work, or per worker.
A more productive workforce signals stronger growth and healthier public finances. Productivity gains are vital to economic prosperity because it signals that more is being achieved by workers in less time. Gains are typically achieved through advances in technology and increased skill levels within a workforce.
In the UK, productivity growth has stalled since the financial crisis, putting it behind international rivals. The UK ranks fifth out of G7 leading industrial nations, with Canada and Japan having weaker levels of productivity. Germany is the most productive nation per hour, while the US is top for output per worker.
Weak productivity is problematic because it signals weaker economic growth, therefore eroding the public finances. Without an improvement in productivity, economies miss out on increases in wages and living standards, putting further pressure on the welfare system and depressing tax receipts.
Some industries are more productive than others. In the UK, manufacturing firms are among the most efficient, whereas the services sector operate at below average productivity.”
— https://gu.com/p/7j7tv/sbl

Productivity hampering profits?

There are two main ways to increase profits:

1) Sell more

2) spend less.

Productivity gains can be made by:

3) Being more efficient

If you can do all three, fantastic, well done, hooray. But in the real world things are not always easy.

There is some crossover in these categories. It can be hard to sell more without spending more and becoming more efficient is no good if your costs are the same and there are no extra sales.

 

72% of salespeople spend up to an hour a day on data entry and connecting records from different sales tools.
75% of marketers spend up to an hour a day analyzing data and connecting reports from different marketing tools.
— https://research.hubspot.com/reports/tech-is-making-us-less-efficient

Efficiencies within an organisation can free up people enabling them to market and sell more effectively. Not just marketing, productivity workers in warehouses, outworkers, service engineers all these resources can benefit from having a single unified data source that is multi user, networked and cross platform.

Trading is set to get difficult over the next decade as the UK finds it's way in a new reality.

Don't wait until your company is struggling to keep up before getting a system that actually helps now and improves the key aspects of your business.

"The most difficult time to change is when the company is making a profit and may be muddling through with ad-hoc systems. don't be misled by the business comfort zone. Act now."

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