Sea-hood, rudder and tabernacle

The sea-hood and the rudder are now ready for installation, painting and/or varnishing, which won’t be happening for some time.

I made the (removable) tabernacle from 3/4″ stock, Tasmanian Oak for the sides and Celery-top Pine for the rear board. The manual suggest that 3/4″ is the minimum thickness for the sides (using Pine, Fir, etc.), but Tassie Oak will have more strength without any real weight penalty.  I used Celery-top for the rear bit of timber, because I had a suitably sized piece in my stash. There are 4 SS screws on both sides, which will be completely embedded in epoxy. The spacers under the clamps ensure that things remain square while the glue cures.