Monday, July 30, 2012

Hull nears complition

Hi Guys and Gals,
Had a bit of celibration last night, as finally I have finished the hull planks.
Both Planks have scarf joints, the top one with two. This one took me over 4 days to fit before I was happy with the aft joint.

 This joint had only a 9" scarf as could not get access to the plank at 12". The plank had also been sawn a bit different from the others which left the grain edge on, this made it very stiff to bend and twist to fit.
Every morning at the bar, were I go to for coffee, one or more ( sometimes 6-10) of the local Iguana's come to visit hoping for food scraps, some are very big!

Fitting the last plank!
So the reason not feeling 100% this morning, planks now fitted and rough faired, all nails in ready for riveting, and plugging.

That means now I have the two Garboard planks left to do. They are a bit of a different animal from the others, needing to be bolted to the iron floors as well as screwed to the keel, no copper nails, they are both also going to be about 15 feet long. Screws are 2-1/2" bronze to replace the brass nails that had come loose and caused all those leaks in 2010/11. Not suprising really, a plain round brass nail lasting 75years is nothing to complain about, they got me to the Carribean before failing.
Well its fuel tank removal next, have to empty it first. Only way I can drill the new bolt holes required.
More coming.

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