|Aa already mentioned, all of the welds below the waterline have been left on, but only 1/8" sticks out as the rest is just a waste of weld and does little to add to the strength of the join. The base coat and supplemental coats at the seams were added to smooth the welds over some. Being Ceram-Kote, the paint was hard to remove and took most of the day. Eventually, the seams looked smooth enough to plan for painting tomorrow.|
3/8" nut welded on
Rudder anode bolt
|We couldn't just do the sanding today so I
played around with the hatches and Gena welded on anode bolts for the
The 3/8" nuts are for the latches that will hold the hatches closed tight. I felt the need to do the entry hatch as there are several other things to consider. The gas shock and the the hatch lock rods included. Clearance is a real issue here as the latches must be on the sides. ( The door is on the "usual" latching edge )
Spacing the nut then tacking before the weld obverted any warping of the frame due to shrinkage.
The anode bolts were welded on midway down the rudder to have proximity to the prop and shaft. The photo below shows one anode in place, not too bad looking.
|The anodes ( store bought )
are designed for use with a F.G. rudder and are drilled for a through
bolt to mount one on each side.
8 hours - Smoothed weld bumps below water line and sanded. Welded nuts on entry hatch, anode bolts on rudder. Mounted SB rail track