The third ballast box is filled. This is one of the two forward boxes to fit fore or aft of floor 3. As the lead cools down, it shrinks a bit and leaves a small gap ( ~2 mm) all around. I poured a batch of 180 grams of runny epoxy on top to fill … Continue reading Lead ballast (3)
It took only about 2 hours to fill the second box with lead. For obvious reasons, I am doing this kind of work al fresco. Unfortunately, the wind has now become a bit too fresco and this makes things very difficult to heat up. I will wait until tomorrow to do the next box.
The first of the four ballast boxes has been filled with 24 kg (53 lbs ) of lead. Smelting this amount of lead was a slow and tedious exercise using my hi-tech smelter. I lined the bottom of the box with a double layer of aluminium foil before the first pour, because I was worried … Continue reading Lead ballast
Drilling the holes for the bolts on the mast head was less of a problem than expected. The pairs of pad-eyes for the shrouds and the forestay/topping-lift/peak-halyard will be fixed with through-bolts. Therefore the 5mm holes have to be straight and in line to match the holes in the pad-eyes. I don't have a drill … Continue reading Drilling, bobstay
I am making some progress, although I did not spend a lot of time in the shed in the last two weeks. The hole in the mast for the pivot bolt is drilled and filled, and the spars had some more PU varnish. The boxes for the ballast are now completed and ready for some … Continue reading Progress …
I have made a small mounting block for the stern-light. The butterfly vents are installed inside the cabin. I have decided to put a layer of glass on the sides of the tabernacle. The installation of electrics progresses, and the 'home-grown' GPS unit is coming along. It works fine, but I need to build a … Continue reading Bits and pieces
The boom crutch, which will only be in place while the boat is on the trailer, is a laminated post made from a couple of lengths of 19 x 42 Tassie Oak. On top of the post is a short crossbar with two little uprights on either end. In the photo, the crutch is held … Continue reading Boom crutch