Yesterday, while showing off a pic of my Conure Skittles, I mentioned I was working on something that did not yet warrant a mention here. While not finished (and will not be for a while yet) I did want to show off the beginnings of my Forward bulkhead.
As originally built, the Sea Sprite 23 has a small board glassed into place between the forepeak and the V-berth. It was to keep any and all rope and chain from reaching the Berth and getting it dirty. While functional, and not bad looking with it’s white paint and small strip of polished teak across the top, it would not do for what I have in mind for Flirt.
In this pic, you can just see it, all the way forwards on the V-berth as originally designed.
It did a decent enough job keeping the forepeak separate from the v-berth.. but I knew I could do better.
It still needs some sanding to get the epoxy smooth, then a couple layers of glassfibre, and finally a finishing cover of Cedar strips bonded to it (which will be painted white), but you get the general idea of how this will look when finished. The opening, if you are curious, is 15″ by 15″ and will have a louvered door to fully separate the two spaces from each other.