|Izaac cutting the limber holes.|
|Bongani framed the portholes and welded them up|
|Old hatch slides coming off. Note the wave breaker for when we take the seas green over the bows.|
back to a fair profile. Since I was fighting the new inverter welder, it took me all of two weeks to cobble together ten frames. David and Bongani clamped them, welded, and the result is great!
I took off the companionway hatch slides, eventually I had to resort to a cold chisel. Damaged the slides and also the deck. The deck will be easily welded up, the slides will be re-made, nothing that money would not take care of. Some scrap provided slides for the washboard slides.
On the deck I built a wave-breaker arc, complete with a 12mm rod welded on the top. This will serve to protect the main hatch from waves when we round Cape Horn, and also to fasten a canopy to.
|David welding the new slides for the washboards. He had no hassle with the new welder.|
|More detail of the wave breaker. The Horn to starboard there!|
We are also changing the rudder hinge to a more robust and field repairable design. More on that next week.
Then I must arrange the sandblasting and painting. If anyone has ideas about paint, let me know. I am inclined towards coal tar epoxy, but it is environment-unfriendly. There is another epoxy that is used inside water pipes and tanks, but that requires a SA 3 sand blasting finish, something I am not sure we can achieve inside. The third option is an epoxy with aluminium and zinc powder; basically a cold galvanising treatment. Comments are welcome!
And thanks to David, Bongani and Isaac, I appreciate your help, guys!