Here is the bow welded, smoothed and primed. Looks great! I have cut out the first anchor roller slot and we hauled up the anchor to see how far out ( roughly ) it would need to go.
my anchor design ( an anchor specialist I'm not hehe! )
When it comes to hauling up an anchor, unless the roller
is huge, it's a very hard pull just as the anchor reaches
the roller. The center of gravity must turn 90 degrees
with such a small point of leverage. With such a huge
anchor this is a real strain on the windlass.
end pivot style would be more compact but still allow the
anchor to be far enough out. We must make a mockup of the
system in steel first to make sure it works!
Meanwhile, lurking below the boat, Gena is installing the mount for the sonar sensors. In the photo to the left is the bare bones of it.
the pipes will come up inside to a flange where the thru-hulls nuts will spin on. This shelf must be level with the sea bottom or the sonars won't work as well.
|Now the mount must be boxed
in. For the front edge a slice of pipe is used just like
the keels forward edge was made.
The hull still only has the small holes in it so nothing is weakened.
|This is the resulting
enclosure. The third hole ( not cut yet ) will be for the
speed temp. sensor.
Visitors came from afar so we had to stop for the day.
Finished bow bulwarks and cut portside anchor roller slot. Tested Bruce anchor position.