|Project by Terry Ferguson||posted 02-26-2011 02:21 AM||4396 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
Of all the things I’ve done with wood, woodworking on sailboats is the most interesting and challenging.
This was built for a replica Howard Chappelle Maine Pinky Schooner – thirty plus feet long and all traditional construction and techniques. I helped the builder, off and on, for many years, but this item was the bright spot for me. It allows light to come into the main area below deck and fits on top of a removable hatch. The important considerations, for all things on a sailboat, are safety, function, water, and maintenance, which dictates what , how, and of what materials an item is made. Teak for longevity in a marine environment, the octagonal bronze rods and the wire glass for safety, solid brass fittings for rust resistance, the joinery methods to direct water away and allow for repair in the event of damage or deterioration, and teak again beacuse it can be finished bright or allowed to weather gray. Like the hatch, the skylight opens for ventilation and closes over the sides to channel water down and out through scupper holes.
Boy, that was long-winded
-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon