|Day42||Serving up other
bow side plate.
Starting bottom plate
|Last weekend we had a rest
with the relatives, it was quite alien to us going
shopping on Saturday and eating out that evening.
Actually, doing nothing felt downright uncomfortable!
Well happily we're back into the swing of things now.
largest plate had to be hoisted up and over the front of
the boat to get it into position. A slight kink resulted
in the 23' long piece as it flopped right over 90 degrees
or more. This was worked out using the frame straightener
made last year. Guess we should have braced it with some
angle stock like we did before...
Anyway, all went in as planned. The bow cutoff was probably the hardest to do. We are going to add in a 1/4" steel rod on each side as the welding there may be a bit too much to fill, and the rod will act as a filler.
|Next came a
whole new experience. The bottom plate. Apon deciding to
start at the bow end, a 13' x 4' plate was split
diagonally to accomodate both sides, thus cutting back on
waste. Templates were considered but the pieces aren't
too big so we opted that out for this weekend.
Working with the plate horizontally poses several challenges. The plate that is being worked on is now under our feet, for the most part.
|Any marking for cutting must be done with the height of the plate in consideration. Mainly because it isn't perfectly horizontal. An upward movement of 1/2" can make a difference of almost 1/4" on the horizontal. Care must be taken when measuring, etc. We almost goofed on a measurement which would have ruined the whole piece.|
the piece weighs a mere 180 lbs, we had to use the hoist
anyway as it was too high to push up into position by
The piece has been cut and ground and is ready to go up. The weather prevented us from finishing the job today. The cut along the keel butts right up to the frame so the keel plate can sit over it, to be welded on. Also I partially cut out circles in the frames where the bottom and keel plates will meet.
|This is to
facilitate welding constantly past the frame from the
inside. The rest of the circle will be cut out after the
bottom plate has been fit.
I'm sure we'll use templates for the larger pieces. I guess we'll see how this goes tomorrow!
8 hours - Fit large forward side plate up to bow and tacked on, cut out the first of 2 bottom plates for the bow area.