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April 3 2005
Cabin top in place, Hatch opening cut through it, and the carlin sisters are in place. Also worked on a fold-down writing//reading table to hang from the centerboard trunk.
April 12 2005
Over the weekend I got the deck roughed in all the way to the stern, as well as the cockpit coaming in place. Finally, weather warm enough for epoxy to set.
Took delivery of a 16-1/2" X 31" Lathe/Mill Combo on Monday. A new hobby-just what I needed. First project will be the rudder shaft, centerboard pin and bearings, and then belaying pins and some other small items. Managed to get the quarter-ton brute moved into the shop, uncrated and bolted to the workbench all by myself-and with all 21 digits intact at the end of the day.
There are no photographs of the moving/unpacking, as the whole thing was done alone. The delivery truck couldn't turn into my driveway, so I had to get the lathe from the end of the driveway to the workbench. I built a hillbilly forklift by planking over the back of my pickup truck. The result was an almost perfect match to the semi truck bed. It was simple enough to slide the crate onto my truck and strap it down-which I wouldn't have bothered with except that the weight and proportions of this thing made it pretty tippy. From there I gently backed it into the driveway. Wouldn't you know it, the crate was about one inch too high to fit through the garage door. (yes, I checked first) Sigh. Strip the crate off the pallet, and now it will fit with just a couple inches to spare. Back the truck up to the workbench, and very slowly move it off and into place. This was mostly accomplished with levers and blocks. There was no way to get an overhead lift at that end of the garage. Total elapsed time from the arrival of the truck to in place and bolted down: 4.5 hours.
Note to self: get all the rustproofing goop off the lathe chuck before powering up. (he says as he wipes the crud off his face)
April 18 2005
Filled screw holes, faired and sanded the deck and cabin top over the weekend. It will take at least one more round-more likely two-before I'm ready to glass the topsides. Repairs to the huge void in cockpit sole are almost complete as well. Have to glass the cockpit sole and sides before building the benches.
Very little remains that requires the boat to be level and plumb. I have to set the mast steps, the rudder post and the cockpit hatches, as well as the framing for the cockpit benches. After that I'll be able to slide the hull out of the workshop. This will free up half the workshop. I'll need the whole thing, as the masts will only fit diagonally across the whole width of the shop.
Proof that nature does, indeed, have a sense of humor.
Bronze pivot pin for centerboard.
April 25 2005
This weekend was too cold to be productive-at least as far as any epoxy goes. Did get to test the new lathe out with the first piece of bronze work-the centerboard pin. The lathe is pretty close to in tune right out of the box. Some minor issues to be dealt with later, but the tolerances on the centerboard and rudder parts is sloppy enough it doesn't matter.
I haven't been able to spend as much time as I'd like to on the boat this past week-finals are coming up fast, and I'd better crack the book, no?
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