|Day 142||Forestay chainplate reinforcing and front window|
|Gena is still
taking a good amount of time to work on the hull cooling
tanks, and making progress!
She has patience I couldn't even come close to. 1 hour at that and I'm ready to hit the bottle!
|She took a well deserved
break from that to weld in some reinforcing plates in for
the forestay/solent stay chainplates.
Because the chainplate is 5/8" and the stembar is only 3/8, welding it on in such a tight area as the tip of the bow is impossible. The 1/2" bars on each side will make a platform on which to corner weld the SS chainplate. Gena wants to further strengthen this with 2 more bars on each side welded to the hull.
This may not be necessary but if we don't then she won't have "peace" of mind about it, so in they will go!
|Meanwhile back at the pilot
house, I have put in the step the window will sit on. I
used 2 lengths of flatbar, not angle, as I think it would
have been too difficult to bend it in 2 directions
The top edge was cut away evenly with the top of the pilot house roof .
The lower piece was cambered leftovers and the top ( vertical ) was plasma cut off so it took on it's own curve ( lucky! ) that was just right. Once a curve is started, it's not too hard to adjust it a bit to make it fit.
Notice the angle bar clamped on. This is to keep the seat for the window even with the bottom. Very important because it can't really be adjusted once welded in without distorting the whole thing.
7 hours: Started Front window seating and trimmed top. Put in chainplate reinforcments. Hull cooling.