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Pratique 35 steel kit sailboat project of Peter Weston

Page 16 - Fitting Out

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Engine installed in keel.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

View looking forward inside hull, ready for bulkheads to be installed.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Insulation installed between hull stringers, grounds fitted to stringers to receive hull liners and bulkheads fitted.

Peter has chosen to fit lightweight sandwich bulkheads to save weight. This can be a worthwhile investment for a steel boat, which suffers from excessive structural weight when compared with boats built from other materials..

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Western red cedar facings on joinery and bulkheads. Peter chose this timber because it is easy to work and has a warmth to it. It is also lightweight.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Navigation station taking shape, with electrical panel hinged for easy access to wiring.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Grab rails on cabintop, windows fitted.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Peter cut a temporary slot through the cockpit bridgedeck to allow large panels of plywood to be moved into the boat.

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