|Wave breaker built: check.|
Up to now I have been fixing up builder's screw-ups. I have also been fabricating a few additions of my own such as scuppers and a cover for the generator exhaust, as well as drip-catchers for the cockpit drains and the lockers. I also made a wave-breaker to keep the worst of the Pacific rollers off the main hatch.
|Pinhole in the weld|
David and Bongani have been kept busy with the grinding and welding. And I finally got Profection to inspect the welds and re-weld. Isaac did beautiful welds after Thomas had ground them out. Lucas supervised. A nicer bunch of professionals I have not met.
|More pinholes in a weld.|
One problem is the sun: I can now work till about eleven before the sun makes work
|And a big hole.|
impossible. My tarpaulin has been shrivelled by the sun, and today it was blasting down with evil intent!
Jobs for the coming week:
I have to get the little lathe going so I can get the fittings and bearings for the rudder done, then we can weld the fittings in.
The supports for the pilot berth must be measured and welded in.
I have to drill all the boltdown holes for the internal hatches. The stainless steel rivnuts, or 'rabbits' as the guy at the shop called them, are in the toolbox and waiting. But I will install them only after the sandblasting and primer is in. (I suspect I ordered too few, 50 might not make it!)
|Thomas grinding out bad welds|
As soon as the die grinder arrives (there is a story to get your blood pressure up) the internal drainage holes need to be radiused and the edges broken.
And then we get to the next biggie: The sandblasting and painting.
|Isaac doing welding magic.|