20 May 2009

Little things

... and lots of them!  In the last couple of weeks we have completed the chart table, added the first bulkhead in the aft cabin, created an instrument box for the engine panel, done the final preparation of the engine bay, and probably more that I can't think of right now.

Bill has started the hull fairing process.  It is going to be a long and painful job.  I need to find a fit young thing who is happy to longboard above his head, for next to nothing.  Is anyone that desperate for work?

The engine bay has been an interesting exercise in working out how the boat was constructed.  What we have found is that there was a ply dam built about halfway along the engine beds, extending down into the keel.  Once the cast metal keel was lowered into the keel, fine concrete was poured around and on top of thekeel.  The lifting rings for the metal keel were cut off (badly) and the void aft of the keel was then filled with polyester bog.  Bill's guess is that they used talc as filler.  Unfortunately the top of that was never covered by a protective fiberglass covering so over time, water soaked down the sides (and through) the polyester bog.  After sitting out of the water and being kept dry for a year, this bog is still damp if you chisel it out as we have been doing.

The first aft cabin bulkhead!  I know, its only a little one, but it is something else to celebrate with a cold beer.  Sometimes you need to look for things to be excited about....

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