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Bulkheads, Portage Handles, Footpegs

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finish_38.jpg (26410 bytes) For portage handles I shaped 2 "banana-like" pieces of spruce and used 1/4" nylon rope through the through-holes in the bow and stern as was suggested in my Georgian Bay plans. The nylon rope was melted and flared at the ends, and further held in place with brass brads driven through the spruce pieces and rope.  I was unsure as to which way they were intended to be used because the plans didn't show, but I picked the more comfortable grip.  A case could probably be made for either orientation . . .
finish_40.jpg (43741 bytes) I decided to use minicell foam for my bulkheads.   Fitting a cardboard template to the bulkhead location took about 30 minutes of trial and error cutting, as well as adding material back on as the fit got closer!   When it fit snugly, I traced the pattern onto the foam and cut it with a bandsaw. My foam is 4" thick so I sliced off 1" for future projects and went with 3" bulkheads 
finish_41.jpg (52599 bytes) Taking time with the pattern resulted in a very nice fit of the bulkhead into the boat.  It will be caulked with silicone RTV fore and aft to make it watertight and hold it in place.  This is the aft bulkhead, I will do the other one after laying out and mounting the foot braces.
finish_42.jpg (37568 bytes) I ran a bead of clear silicone around the bulkhead, and using my finger (wearing a vinyl glove and wetting it with some vinegar), I forced it into the seam and smoothed out the bead.  The other side will get the same treatment.  The bulkhead also needs a small pinhole to keep the pressure in the sealed compartment equalized.
finish_43.jpg (62769 bytes) These wood blocks are destined to hold the foot peg rails to the inside of the hull.  The drilled recesses hold the blind nuts that will secure the rails to the blocks after the blocks are epoxied to the hull interior.   Shown also are 2 strips that will temporarily act as spacers for the blocks while they are glued into place.  Once the epoxy cures, they will be removed and the real foot-peg rails screwed into place.

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