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I then returned to the wall panels.

 

Some of you may find this part interesting , because the methods and materials to finish the external wall panels is a little unusual.

 

There is a PVA glue made in the United States called Titebond.

There are three different types:

 

Titebond , Titebond II , and Titebond III.

 

Titebond III is the only certified waterproof PVA glue on the planet.

I used this to finish the outer face of my wall panels.

 

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Canvas is glued and wrapped around the plywood wall panels , the canvas is stretched tight using heat from a hot iron , and then the entire surface is sealed with more Titebond III.

 

The canvas is then primed with quality primer and painted with quality exterior paint.

 

The result is an incredibly tough , weather proof skin that does not seem to be affected by water , frost , heat , or sunshine ( UV rays )

 

This is how it`s done on commercial fishing boats in Canada to cover their decks :

 

 

.The source of the canvas I used was heavy duty canvas drop sheets , as used by painters.

Canvas was washed to remove size , which I am told , may affect adhesion .
Canvas was ironed to remove any wrinkles.

I rolled up the canvas and placed index marks .

 

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Brushing on Titebond III.

I brushed the Titebond on 6 inch wide ahead of the canvas , as it has a short " open " time.

 

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Once the canvas was glued down to the face of the plywood I flipped the panel to glue the canvas
into the rebate.

 

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Panel flipped over again , Two more coats of Titebond brushed onto all plywood edges.

 

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Titebond and canvas is much more pleasant to work with than glass / epoxy.
Everything just washes clean with water too.

 

After drying overnight I ironed the panel face again , this re- activates the glue ( it softens it somewhat ) and " shrunk " the canvas very tight .The panel is ready for adding battens and paint.That`s all I can say about titebond and canvas panels.

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Canvas covered wall panels.Seemingly bullet proof , after three years now .....no sign of any wear or weathering.

 

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Temporary bracing for wall panels. Three eight foot panels fixed to the base board fixed along the deck.

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Roof framing came next.

 

Most of it is just 2 x 4 treated pine.

 

I used steel joist hangers to hold it all together.

 

 

 

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Gutters are PVC as they are lighter , do not rust out , and do not need painting.

 

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This is all pretty much standard building practice , but with lighter 2 x 2 framing , much like like you would do building a small cabin in the woods , or perhaps a garden shed or out building .

 

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The roof framing was wrapped with building foil to reflect most of the fierce summer heat we get here.

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Some views of the wall framing from the inside.

 

The plywood was again soaked with Copper Napthenate preservative.

 

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Light 2 x 2 framing.

 

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The wall frames sit on top of the epoxy bonded rail fixed to the deck so no water can seep inside.

 

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Things are slowly taking shape ......

 

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I have just found this FAB item.

 

We live in the ACT and have family with a Houseboat just outside Echuca, so done that trip a few times.

 

From the site shots & your incredible design & building ingenuity you look to be a Cocky. Are You?

What is your end plan when the boat is complete, Do you plan to live on board?

I would council caution in regard to the uPVC guttering & the UV in SA.

 

In the ACT it only lasts about 2 years under UV before becoming very brittle & loses colour.

With the Willows & the overhanging Eucalyptus it will not bend like Gal will on contact.

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Hi Martin

 

I `m not a Cocky .......

 

My background has been in construction.

 

The building site belongs to someone I know.

 

Just planning a really simple life afloat Martin.

 

Thanks for the advice regarding PVC gutters !

 

I guess I`ll have to change it when or before it falls off........... unsure.png .

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I cut eight access hatches to the hulls.

 

Each forty foot hull has four water tight sections ( bulkheads ).Two hatches allow air flow when they are opened.

 

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Inside one of the water tight hull sections.

 

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The walls were then insulated with 50 mm rigid insulation and small gaps filled with spray can foam.

 

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Lining board was installed over the top using bronze ring shank boat nails.

 

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While I was lining out the interior , I also started to assemble some of the seating and storage.

 

These are the seat tops epoxy glued together.

It`s recycled tongue and groove Tasmanian oak flooring.

 

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I also glued up the top for vanity unit in the bathroom.

 

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The clear finish is just fast drying polyurethane floor finish.

 

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Still dark outside ...so i`ll post some more pictures before I go and do some more work on that barge outside.

 

The tub is light weight f/glass.It will need good support when full of water so it does not flex and distort too much.

 

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Hello everyone.

I started roughing out the interior on the port side of the cabin space.

It will all be very simple.

Along the port side there will be seating placed over the hull access hatches.

The seating will provide valuable storage space and will need to hinge upwards to be able to gain access to the hulls.

 

I have collected some western red cedar louvre doors that I will cut down and recycle to make the seat fronts.

 

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I epoxy glued them together to make 2.4 m louvred panels.

 

They were trimmed to size and painted.

 

Here they are propped up under the seat tops to give a rough idea of how they will look installed.

 

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The entire seat will hinge up against the wall to give access to the hatches in the hulls.

 

Here is the first one installed :

 

 

 

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Folding seat top.

 

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Hatch tops can be seen in the floor. All this will be useful storage space.

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Hi Loafer ,

 

Thanks for the comment , most kind.

 

Weather is turning cold fast here ....so not many photos this morning ...need to get busy outside .

 

Sometimes I feel this thing will never get finished .

 

The bathroom is lined with corrugated sheet metal.The one with the small corrugations is called mini - orb.

Light weight ( relatively ) , and fast .It does require careful fitting because when you drive the screws you can easily stretch the panel and get out of line ( vertical alignment ).

 

Measure and drill with some care....

 

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At this point in the fitting out I seemed to be working on a dozen different things at once ....

 

Before the walls could be lined in the bathroom , the ceiling panels needed to be made up first and put in place.

 

If they are not fitted above the bathroom wall framing there is no easy way to do it afterwards.

 

Lining board was bonded to 100 mm ( four inch ) foam. Gets pretty hot here in summer.....this helps a lot !

 

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No easy way to get that ceiling panel up there after fitting the wall frame and cladding :

 

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Thank you to those of you here watching !

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So ....while I was fitting the ceiling panels .......

 

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The Huntsmen spiders come out in the hot weather......clapping.gif

 

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This one came from the tree next to the boat.

 

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They look fierce , ( quite large ) but are quite harmless.

Some people handle them like pets , but they have nippers , can bite , but you need to really aggravate them.

 

 

Fitting out the bathroom took a while , lots of little jobs.

 

Here I was fitting window sills .

 

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Mixer tap for the shower / bath.

 

 

 

 

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Mixer tap for basin too.

 

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The metal panels are pushed inside an aluminium channel along the ceiling and windows and bath.

 

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Vanity unit is taking shape.

 

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" Nautical " window.

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you Aussies seem to specialise in the use of corrugated tin. (Oh, damn, some people will probably accuse me of racism - I'll expect a PM from the Mod Police).

 

reminds me of those awful ubiquitous garden fences that always appear on 'Wanted Down Under'.

 

mind you the mini corrugations do not look out of place.

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Hi Murflynn .

 

Yes , quite so .

 

The garden fences are really awful , but you get used to it after a while ......it softens the shock ....

 

That mini - orb corrugated metal sheeting is actually quite trendy in high end homes here ....

 

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I don`t care much for trendy , but wanted to take advantage of fast fixing , easy finishing , but most of all , light weight .

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I thought I would post something a little different today.

 

A big part of river life is about the life style and the interesting characters you meet.

 

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Hi Murflynn .

 

Yes , quite so .

 

The garden fences are really awful , but you get used to it after a while ......it softens the shock ....

 

That mini - orb corrugated metal sheeting is actually quite trendy in high end homes here ....

 

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I don`t care much for trendy , but wanted to take advantage of fast fixing , easy finishing , but most of all , light weight .

why is one floor tile cracked diagonally?

I thought I would post something a little different today.

 

A big part of river life is about the life style and the interesting characters you meet.

 

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they look a lot nicer than most of the floating cr*pheaps permanently moored on the west part of the K&A.

Aussies clearly do some things in style. clapping.gifclapping.gif

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Wow !

 

Talk about observant !

 

The tile is cut that way because there is a floor grate ( drain ) installed.It`s just out of the picture.

 

It`s law here and written into Australian building code ( overflow to bath , all states ).

 

Different tilers do it different ways....this one ( I think ) is not so good .

 

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