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July 25, 2003: Fitting the Chain Locker Bulkhead - Today we fitted and installed the chain locker bulkhead, which is the last major above-deck bulkhead.  We began the process by trimming the sides of the bulkhead in 1/4 inch increments until it would slide completely into the hull.  (We were careful to maintain the angle of the sides according to the original plans.)  With the bulkhead sides trimmed and the bulkhead sitting flush in the hull, we were set to trim the bottom of the bulkhead.  With the bulkhead resting firmly on the chines, there was a gap between the bottom of the bulkhead and the bottom of the hull.  I took a compass and opened it to the widest point in the gap.  Using this distance as a measurement, I ran the compass along the bottom of the hull and drew a line on the bulkhead.  Next I cut along this line to match the bulkhead to the hull.

First we use a straight edge to mark and trim the sides. After fitting the sides I use a compass to mark the bottom of the bulkhead.

After cutting the bulkhead to fit, I use a hand plane to angle the sides of the bulkhead to fit the curve of the hull.

If everything goes correctly, the bulkhead drops into the hull and fits like a glove!

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