The Reconstruction Process - Interior

(Year Two, summer)

Albin Vega interior reconstruction

The mast support crossbeam that attaches to both main bulkheads. On the old piece, notice the gap between the bottom and the metal straightedge: 35 years of shrouds and stays pulling down on the mast did put a little warp into it. The new piece is 1 1/4" sapele mahogany, planed to the correct thickness, the top edge beveled to match the slight forward slope of deck above. Nothing is easy: surprisingly, the curve is neither constant or symmetrical. Even when I jacked up the deck, the variations in the fiberglass made matching the piece a pain. I got it close and shimmed gaps with pieces of thin stainless steel bar. This was the beginning of the realization that she would NOT go back together as well as I imagined, planned for, carefully worked for, and therefore, I thought, rationally expected.

Albin Vega interior parts reconstruction

Most of the new parts on the left, most of the corresponding old parts on the right. Every part successfully installed sent an old part into the dumpster.

Albin Vega interior reconstruction

The replacement and original pieces (part of the V berth in the bow.) When I cut the old pieces into smaller pieces that would more easily stack in a dumpster, the saw just ripped through it; ya, it was just a bit rotten.

Albin Vega interior reconstruction

The main bulkheads, 1/2" thick marine plywood with veneer. She’s no longer just a shell!

Albin Vega interior reconstruction

The forward and aft bulkheads of the port side galley. Attaching the corner and shelf supports was a bit of a puzzle, even with the old pieces lying on the floor nearby. From where do you measure? Answer: everywhere. To complicate things, I raised the countertop about 7" from the original pieces, and the wood for the supports is not the same thickness as the original.

Albin Vega interior reconstruction

Port side galley, countertop level raised about 7 inches ’cause the original height was definitely a back-breaker.

Albin Vega interior reconstruction

Starboard side galley cabinet. Also, the two wooden strips on each side of the companionway are replacements for the wood that had rotted because of water exposure. I Dremmel’ed a straight line down each side, chiseled the old plywood out, and epoxied the replacements in.

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