|Day90||Serving up some pilothouse side-plate|
|At last, the
boat-building will continue for this year! We have had a
long winter, and there's still lots of snow, but working
up inside the boat this isn't a problem.
We somehow managed to get the hoist over the forward prart of the poop decks, but it will have to be raised up at least a foot or it will be useless. We really need it for putting in the engine, and for lifting ( still heavy! ) large pieces of 1/8" plate.
Gena tacking pilothouse plate to deck/frame join
|Getting the plate ( above
pic ) up the aft and over the bulkheads proved to be a
It was sure a good idea using the hoist, as it provided a safety catch as we battened it in to the deck and cut and ground it to fit. As can be seen above, the chainfall is hooked on to a tab we welded on to the plate just past half way up.
Then we clamped it in and I ran the plasma gun along the deck for the cut.
concerned the the accuracy may be compromised by the
plate being out and away from the deck, but this is a 5
degree angle and on a horizontal plane with very little
change toward the bow over this 10 feet ( 5 to 7 degrees
) so it of course snapped in to exactly where we wanted!
This in itself seems amazing because of the compound curve in the wall, and the curve of the deck both vertically and horizontally, just a small overcut would have sent the angle of the wall way off.
It must be magic I guess hehe!
Could we do it again on the other
side? You bet!!
10 hours - A bit on Saturday prepping up, and the rest on Sunday. Installed both sides of pilothouse