|After the keel paint had sufficiently hardened, we could only wait for the crane to arrive. The following Saturday the crane arrived. As soon as he pulled in, a small crowd gathered at a "safe" distance from edge of our driveway!|
amazement, everything went so smoothly, it took only
about an hour!
Firstly, the crane operator inspected the re-enforcements we had made, then hooked on a steel cable to each of the eyelets in our c-beams. 2 loose on port side, and 2 tighter that ran underneath the boat. On the other side he connected two slings to the same eyelets on starbord side. These ran up to the higher hook on the crane.
Our job was to steady the boat with ropes tied on fore and aft so it wouldn't hit trees and whatever else!
|As the crane
pulled the hull upwards, the weight was really apparent
from my standpoint, it was going to turn and I had very
little effect. Oh well, it looked good anyway! ( pic
Of course the photos show no justice whatsoever as to the size of the hull hanging there. A pause was in order so more photos could be taken. ( operators idea haha! )
|As the boat came past half way around, the slings rolled into the hull on one side, while the cables would support the other. Once completely around the slings were loosened off and the single crane pulley with 4 cables held the hull ready for positioning and sliding in supports.||
|The stands lined up
perfectly and needed very little adjustment. Also the
hull was completely level both fore and aft, and port to
starbord. ( See I'm using the correct terms! )
The height of the aft where we will be climbing in over the next few months was way higher than we thought! Good thing the transom isn't on yet.
We noticed the only the blocks underneath first 2 1/2 feet of the keel were load bearing, so the crane operator advised we build a small stand for under the bow area. This would prevent it from walking. Good idea!!
|Well there it
is! We are newly enthused about the upcoming deck work
and a real change in scenery around here! If you are
building a boat in the Edmonton area and need it turned
Champagne Crane because he really knows how!
We spent the rest of the day sitting inside the boat and making plans :o))
Turned over the boat!
To DAY 77
To DAY 79