For instance, the cables which attach through the deck by shackles to the jib commonly called the "cloth" and the "wire." Turns out these cables are fed under the deck via a pair of stainless steel tubes which are set into the wood with epoxy. Not something I would ever have imagined. Having built a lot of wooden Lightnings, Dave knows.
Or another useful fact: Dave quizzed me, "What are the floorboards for?"
"To keep you from stubbing your toes on the ribs," I said.
Floorboards are part of the structure, Dave said. It's not good to walk directly on the bottom of the boat, which after all consists of cedar planks attached to the frames by screws. The floorboards distribute your weight across several frames, preventing the load from falling directly on the hull planks.
Seats have a structural purpose, as well. Their horizontal braces attach to vertical braces on the centerboard trunk. Pressure from the seat frames helps prevent centerboard trunk warping.
At the end of the evening, I'd learned lots of useful things about Lightnings.
But I had a decision to make. Should I call it a console or a tray?
I had a second thought: I'll let my crew decide.
Maybe we'll call it chandelier.
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