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creating the interior 13

Running across from side to side of the frontal part of the cockpit is a piece of laminated wood called a 'deckbeam'. It gives something for the front deck panel to curve around when it is nailed into place later on. For added strength it is made from two pieces of plywood bonded with epoxy-silica, and heavily clamped. The deckbeam is then held in position and marked with a pencil, then cut to size and sanded to shape for a snug fit between the sheer clamps. Here we have the fitted deckbeam screwed and glued into place using bronze screws embedded in the hull and sheer clamps under a layer of epoxy-silica-woodflour. A much smaller deckbeam is fitted near the bow to add further strength and to smooth out the conical shaped roll of the front deck panel.