Current state of the deck structure as of June ’22. Full deck beams (beams which go port to starboard without breaks for openings) are put in first. No carlins or partial beams are in yet.

Deck arrangement is basically the same as Chapelle drew it.

The deck arrangement will be as shown in Chapelle’s Lion drawing. Above is my construction plan for the deck beam and hatch locations. Deck beams have a 4  1/2″ crown at widest beam. (That is, looking from the front or back of the boat, they will be 4 1/2 inches higher in the middle.) They will be sided 3  1/4″ (fore’n’aft dimension) and molded 4″ (height). There are 29 deck beams (one at each frame). Most of the beams will be of white ash from trees that came down on my lot during Tropical Storm Irene (2011) and Hurricane Sandy (2012). About 10, including most of the “partner” beams, will be of white oak. Partner beams are those that adjoin the mast supports (mast partners) and also those fore and aft of a deck opening or hatch.

In January 2022, planking efforts were put on hold to begin fabrication of the deck structure. Through May 2022, the full deck beams in the central two-thirds of the boat have been installed, along with the main-mast partners. None of the hatch carlins or partial beams around the deck openings have been installed yet. The following video shows that five month effort.


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