|Gena was hard at work below finishing up the coal tarring of the keel area forward, around the battery box, and up the webs. The webs, we have decided, will be foam insulated. We have read that any bare steel connected in close proximity to the outer hull below the water line will sweat.|
coaltar epoxy has a small R-value insulation wise, and
one can feel the difference when touching it vs. straight
primed steel on a cool day, but it's likely only 5 - 10
º difference max. This wouldn't be enough to offset the
difference between sea temperature and air temperature in
the tropics on a hot humid day. Neither in Vancouver BC
on a winter day with the heater going inside and cooking
with alcohol water vapours filling the cabin.
It's going to add substantially to the cost of foaming, but will be worth it!
Below is the "sonar box"
housing freshly coated ( looking down from the hatch
|The new shop-vac does a
great job in the hands of a professional haha!
This is out 4th shop vac. They just don't build 'em like they used to, but then, what do you expect for $39.95?
|My job for the day was to
cut out our cockpit entry-way and finish it with
stainless bar. It was much like doing the hatches so I
was all set up for it already.
We won't be incorperating a slide track garage style of hatch, as is the fashion, but a flip up on hinges forward.
The lid will have "glass" in it so it doesn't obstruct vision from outside when it is up. It'll have to flip up higher than 45º we think, just to allow headroom while entering.
|I have plans of perhaps putting on SS snaps to attach a dodger if we so choose to. Better to plan ahead! We will have some sort of wind dodger because even though we have protection inside the pilothouse; who wants to sit inside on a hot and sunny but very windy day while beating close-hauled into the waves?|
|To the left is the other
anchor roller assembly sitting pretty! What a beautiful
thing! Now if it can be welded on and stay that way,
things will be good.
I plan on using the masking tape again to stop spatter from sticking on to the polished SS finish. It'll burn off, but it leaves a goopy residue the spatter just can't seem to stick to!
|I am pretty
nervouse about the whole thing actually. It's a lot of
work making these. I wouldn't want to marr the finish
because it'll be impossible to refinish after they are
sandwiched together on the bow.
It was a gr8 day, barring the sudden invasion of mosquitoes, and we worshipped the sun gods in hope of more to come :)
7 hours - Made aft entry, coal tarred, bent main track
To DAY 209
To DAY 211+