|Because the temps outside became very cold and miserable, we aborted mission on the outside work and decided to do some things that have been left and really need to be done!|
|One of these
is the chain locker. This is where the chain between us
and the anchor will pile into the boat when not in use,
via the windlass.
Some sailers use a chain rode attached to rope and others use straight chain. We want to be equipped for either. This locker must easily hold 350' of 5/16" chain.
|The whole chain cost us
< $500, about a dollar a foot! They did a really good
job on the galvanizing, good and thick. I don't recommend
this (yet) as I have no idea how it will turn out in the
long run, but stronger chain that is cheaper makes sense
was used to aquire a pattern for the sides of the locker,
which worked fairly well, and only a small amount of
trimming was required to fit the stainless sides in. I
found that some patience is due when fitting the
The cut plate is ready for welding in after some coal tar on the hull and some foam insulation is applied.
Gena, meanwhile, was busy welding on bulkhead stiffener frames for the pilot house forward bulkhead. ( photo right ) These are 1-1/2" 1/8" angle that will also support the galley wall and cupboards.... That will be a future topic.
Her work was brought abruptly to an end when the supply of angle suddenly ran out! Time to haul off to the metal supplier again.
The next day we took a day off. Looking at the photo below you can see why. Aaaah! Middle of May in Canada.....
6 hours - Fit SS plate for chain locker, stiffened pilothouse bulkhead