Sunday, October 25, 2009
Well, not completely done... but all the plates are now hung and tacked in place. There is still a lot of production welding to do to finish all the seams, but the boat has really taken shape. Jesus and his crew got a lot done this last week. Now that the boat is closed up, we'll be hanging lights and setting up ventilation for the rest of the interior welding. Found some clean galvanized steel tapered light poles that have the right dimension and wall thickness for our masts at a local salvage yard last week. We weren't planning on getting to the masts and rigging yet, but if these work out, it's too good of a deal to pass up. We'll be looking at these again this week. Also started doing the fabrication work on the bitts, which will be made up of two 3" schedule 40 stainless steel pipes connected by a 1" solid stainless round bar. Planning on having 4 of these double bitts on each side of the boat and two singles on the swim step... I hate not having enough proper cleats on a boat. I'll put up some pictures of these next week. I have to give Jesus Romero and his crew another plug here... If you have any welding jobs, from small fabrication work to building a boat give him a call (925-550-0518). Jesus is striking out on his own as "Romero's Welding" and he is currently taking jobs here in the Bay Area. A fine craftsman and great guy to work with... give him a call. You can also contact us through this blog and we'll get you in touch.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Quick update from the “boatyard”… A lot more interior production welding has been completed and side longitudinals are in place. The hull shape is completely defined now, and we should be getting started on the side shell plating this week. I have been working on the fuel system fill and supply manifolds and tracking down more of the bits and pieces we will need in the coming weeks. There is still a lot of fabrication to be done for the propulsion and steering systems. I’ll probably be sending out the rudder and prop shafts next week for final machine work. For engine cooling, we are using a set of Fernstrum keel coolers that I bought second hand from a local salvage boat operator a while back. Using one of the keel coolers would have been fine here in the bay area with our cooler water temps, but may have been a little undersized for the tropics so, per the recommendations from the good folks at Fernstrum, we are using both of them in series. This should give us more than enough cooling capacity in all conditions. We pulled them out of storage over the weekend and gave them a thorough cleaning and pressure test for leaks. They checked out fine and are still in excellent shape despite their age. Fernstrum makes a really solid product and their customer support is excellent.
Our former neighbor, good friend, and all around renaissance man, Peter Bailey, was kind enough to work over our sailing rig and come up with a really nice Chinese lug rig for the boat that should allow us to sail the boat with a maximum of efficiency and a minimum of effort. It is similar to the rig on his current boat, The Berti (which he built here in Sausalito). I think it really fits the lines of the boat well. Junk rigs like these are much simpler and inexpensive to build and operate, and put much less stress on the rigging (and crew) than the more typical rigs you see on modern sailboats. More about the rig to come… -PB
Monday, October 12, 2009
Installed some watertight doors this week for the engine room and bulkhead #9. The space forward of #9 will be our "garage" for general storage and will also have a heavy watertight hatch leading to the anchor deck at the bow of the boat. This will give us a safe way to get up on the bow in heavy weather and also serve as a forward emergency exit from the main cabin. I also imagine that Sam will try to use
Sunday, October 4, 2009
While I was away at a conference last week, Jesus and his crew got the bottom plating tacked in place. You can really appreciate the long slippery looking shape of the hull now. For the most part, the heavy 5/16 bottom plate wrapped onto the hull pretty nicely. A few spots apparently took some encouragement to form to the proper shape, but the end result is very nice... at least the fish will be very impressed with the fairness of the bottom.