Today the last bit of hull repair has been FINISHED.There will be deck and cabin top to do, also put everything back together again, and of course the caulking, sanding, and painting will be next, but its finished in my mind, I have my boat back again !
Some pics then of this weeks work, done I may say in very hot and humid conditions, with the high summer sun beating down relentless. "oh hell. Not another day in Paradise"
First pic after fitting the rudder shoe, deadwood put in position and the 3 pilot holes were drilled through the bottom, dead centre (after the bother getting the first one right)
|in Line pilot holes|
|and how long they are|
me checking them out
Then the last piece of wood for the sacrificial bit (worm shoe) is drilled out countersunk and 19 2-1/2"x16 bronze wood screws driven home. That took me a day to do
Then the final shaping of the complete piece
Then without the shoe its primed ready for fitting, this shows the holding bolt holes
Then putting the rudder in its shoe
Then after 2 tubes of bedding compound its wedged up, bolts pushed through, and using a 3 ton car jack, the heads are forced up and tightened up inside
Then the primed worm shoe is bedded and screwed up squeezing the compound out using blocks and wedges (my screwdiver was too long) took me ages.
But it all oozed out great
And after chizeling out, the 2 side plates were fitted and bolted, then the sanding and priming, and now my boat is complete at long long last ! ............... !