|Finally the day to put on the bow roller assembly has arrived!|
|We had to be a little innovative on how to finish the area. We hadn't given it much thought.|
|What to do
with the bow stem? How do we hide it and make it look
good? At first we were going to put in a piece of plate
cut to fit between the to anchor roller carriers. This
suddenly wasn't feasable as there would be no way that
Gena would get the welding tip in close enough to weld it
on to the sides of the carriers!
The solution was to use a curved piece of plate that would come in at the points of cut-out, that would be welded on to the carriers. Luckily, we have some of our old lead melting pot ( home-made by someone, 8" x 1/8" pipe ) that we've been widdeling away left!
|Blog: This has also been a visualization for our mast material, both size and thickness are correct...|
|The piece I
cut out fit beautifully into the nook as can be seen to
the left. Still lots of space for welding, no sharp edges
for painting, easy to grind because it's round like the
grinder blade, and kinda cool because it's different!
Gena was getting on about the time so I had to quickly make up a template for the top triangle, accurate so it wouldn't take a lot of time to weld and smooth out.
I used a piece of lexan, traced through and cut with tin-snips, then plazzed out the steel bit from that. 10 minutes. (Below)
Gena happily grinds the final finishing before putting in
the anchor roller carriers.
In they go! The masking tape is on, although difficult to see.
|Aaaah! The finished
product! The angles look a bit odd don't they? If we'd
have positioned the windlass off to one side, they would
have been straight, but then the windlass would have been
off center and would've looked funny.
One advantage to this setup is that one roller assmble will stick out more than the other, thus allowing an overlap of anchors in certain cases. The roller asseemblies will go in next, then the big test!!
9 hours - put in bow roller carriers, ground smooth pilot house hatch welds etc
To DAY 210
Nelly / Fevertech video
(320x240 wmv 17 megs)
Fevertech remixed Freshies origional
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