I'm working on a Vaitses/Herreshoff Meadowlark named Curlew.
The Meadowlark was designed to be shallow draft
and narrow of beam. Because of this, L. Francis designed it with leeboards so the cabin
wouldn't be cluttered with a centerboard
Which is why one of Curlew's Prior Owners installed a table exactly where the centerboard
trunk would be:
I've pulled it out and replaced it with a Lagun RV table leg and a temporary folding table top I threw together. (I'll replace it with a better built top, someday, but this will serve). This opens up the cabin
immensely, even when positioned to sit at, can be folded and rotated out of the way, and can easily be removed:
This leaves me with four holes through the epoxy-covered plywood
where each of the two table legs was removed:
The Meadowlarks were designed as shallow-draft boats. They'll float in 20 inches of water
. Combined with the low coach roof means that most lack standing headroom
. Curlew is unusual in that she barely manages standing headroom
by not having a proper bilge
There's a sump further aft, near the companion way, but generally there is no bilge
, just glassed-in plywood
running just above the keel
The legs were held in by coarse-thread wood
screws. There's only about 1-1/2 inches from the cabin sole
to the keel
So now I'm faced with the task of sealing up these holes.
My initial thought is to drill them out to 1/2", glue pieces of hardwood dowel with thickened epoxy
, saw the dowel flush, then cover with a bit of glass.