|The new African mahogany ceiling in the forepeak of Oceanus.
|Wood frames fiberglassed to the inside of the hull.
|Pink foam insulation.
|Stripping the the forepeak.
We were able to get some African mahogany at $3.50 a board foot. The boards were cupped and had a lot of checks in them, but once I milled it down to strips that were 1 1/2-inches wide by about 3/8-inch thick it looked great. It is just thick enough that I could countersink the screws deep enough that my wife could plug the screw holes. Since I made the plugs from the scraps of the left over wood, they matched perfectly. I also milled the trim from the same wood.
|The burn marks from the saw blade sanded out easily.
It turned out better than we hoped. Each finished section has at least a couple of coats of my home-made varnish oil mixture. Eventually it will also have a couple coats of thinned spar varnish as well.
|The ceiling in the main saloon.