|Day97||Poop deck plate, cambers, and bulkhead|
|Some days everything goes
just right, and this was a great one. The sun was shining
and the temps were summer like, even got a tan! We
started out early and put on the remaining cabintop
cambered frames, ( done up at work ) then the remaining
aft camber that will be like a dashboard in the
pilothouse. That was plumbed in to the web frame below
for accuracy with the bulkhead that will be there.
Then the aft pilothouse bulkhead ( the top half ) was installed. ( Pic to right ) We carried that peice up,
only 5' x 4', but the crane had to be used for the poopdeck plating. (below)
Welding in aft pilot house bulkhead
Got the aft pilot house smoothly cambered to match
|This was an easy job as the
plate we were butting it against was already straight,
and will also be under the seat combing so it won't need
fine finishing either. The photo shows how the two
converge. We just sliced one off to fit! Not sure if
that's standard practice but flipping a 10' x 4' plate
over by hand while balancing on frames 10' up didn't
really appeal to either of us!
Next we cutoff the camber at the top of bulkhead, and finally the excess on the sides of the pilot house.
|A lot of
thought must come into play at this point. The pilot
house side to roof join must be rounded with a split pipe
section. The low cuts made will allow for this but we
were afraid to overcut so some grinding will have to be
done. We are tempted to actually put on the pilothouse
roof plating but have to decide by next weekend as we
will need more plate. Also a concern is how we will get
interior plywood inside later on. One thought is through
the pilothouse front window area as we can leave that
until most of the inside panelling is done.
We have decided to load the motor in ( fairly soon ! ) from aft because the transom is still not in yet. Then slide it down wood runners and use a come-along hanging from inside to position and mount it.
As far as we can see, there is no reason we can't plate it in! Well....we'll see hehe
Day 97: - 12
Put in remaing cambered frames, rear pilothouse bulkhead, poopdeck plate, trimmed pilothouse sides