|Hatches were on the menu for today and things moved somewhat smoother now I've done one. Using SS bolts also made everything work first time. In the above photo is the hatch opposite the one done on day 241. This one isn't pretty yet, but is functional.|
|The next hatch was over the
forward stateroom area, and care had to be taken not to
let any sparks into the boat and on to the newly finished
floor! Gena made sure none would escape.
The 3 hinges didn't pose too much of a problem, but the hieght of the hatch did. First I had to carve away almost 1/4" to match the curve of the cabin top. This was no suprise as even the small hatches had a curve cut out. The suprise was the dip along the sides of 1/4" difference from the corners.
When the cabintop was welded, it was straight. Somehow a dip occured at the weld, it may have been us welding in the frame nearby or the hatch frame welding itself. The photo doesn't show it at all for some reason.
In any case it must be filled before the final coat goes on. It's over a small span so it shouldn't be a problem.
|She then went aft and cut
out the twisted frames under the cockpit and replaced
them with larger ones that aren't under a lot of stress.
She plans to reinforce the aft supports also as the ones
that are in there wouldn't hold much of a load and would
likely punch a hole in the bottom of the hull.
These were not origionally thought of as supporting members, but now we think they may be. Better to be safe.
6 hours - Hinged 2 more hatches, welded on forward supports for cockpit, cleaned up
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