Thursday, 6 April 2017


Boaty's floor will be made up of reclaimed floorboards and while these will be clamped together as tightly possible leaving minimal gaps we are still aware that cool air can travel up from the bliges into the cabin. So the solution is a layer of thermal insoluation boards. Cut to size and suspended between the floorboards and the ballast.
To access the bilges floorboards can be removed to reveal 20mm thermal insulation board. The thermal insulation board is cut and joined by foil insulation tape, which can be removed to allow the boards to be lifted the bilges to be accessed. The boards are cut down the centerline of the boat and 60cm either side of the center line.
We have decided to employ the expertise of a Marine surveyor. On his first visit to the boat he informed us of the essential requirements in order to meet the RCD (Recreational Craft Directive) and offered lots of advice on our build. Anyone embarking on a self build projet should get RCD compliance, although not everyone does. We believe employing an expert will prove to be invaluable in the long run.