|Blocks chainsawed from old keels are being raised to the cockpit.|
|The keel of an old Pearson Ariel cut into slabs looked deliciously like giant lead tuna steaks.|
|3700 pounds installed. This is the forward most compartment nearly full.|
So many of our projects have been structural and fairly boring to look at. Cutting up lead keels with a chainsaw is exciting and all, but there really isn't much to see. Glassing in the sterntube was just downright boring. I'm so tired of projects that don't have any immediate gratification haha, so I've been overjoyed to work on a few of the more visible projects.
|Stern Cleat, and a roughed in hatch.|
There used to be a giant hole in the afterdeck which was planned to be some sort of hatch that never saw the light of day. It's been covered with plastic and duct tape for two years now. I've gotta get in that aftercompartment in order to install the cleats, cockpit drains, and some of the overboard hoses. I didn't want to have to re-tape the hole every time, so I found an old fiberglass hatch in the junkyard. I managed to get the yard owner to sell it to me for $25 only because I bought it along with a couple thousand pounds of lead keels haha.
|Afterhatch being glassed in-- and one of the cleats off in the corner|
On another fun note, I was finally able to start applying barrier coat to the bottom! Currently we have 4 coats applied. The more the merrier as far as barrier coat goes, so I plan on doing two more tomorrow morning for a total of six before we apply ablative.
|First two coats of barrier coat applied.|
|Ivy's Great Grandpa bought her a ride on pirate ship.|
|Here she is practicing her pirate snarl!|
|...and for anyone wondering, YES, I took every precaution I feasibly could in regards to playing with lead.|