The last few weeks many projects have been started, but nothing is getting finished as I source, order, and wait for parts I think I need ... only to discover by the time they arrive I've had a better idea and need to re-order!
First on the list was to get the engine into the boat. This was easy: just pull the trailer out of the shed, hoist the engine up to the shed rafters (on a reinforced arch), back the boat into the shed, and lower the engine down.
|Yanmar dangling over the cockpit.|
|Engine beds installed.|
Using a beam across the companionway entrance the engine was hoisted down to the new beds and loosely bolted down.
As there was a surplus of material around the tube it was a simple matter to remove enough to fit the clamp, only to find the tube had a smaller diameter where it was newly exposed.
|Plastic collar & clamp ready for epoxy fill.|
|Plastic and clamp removed ...|
|... and formed to match steel portion of tube.|
|Volvo Penta shaft seal.|
I decided to seat the seacocks on a fiberglass pad, rather than a wooden one, because .... just because! The pads were made from a sheet of fiberglass, made from layers of NEMPC and polyester rein.
NEMPC is a fibreglass composite composed of 17 oz. biaxial unwoven roving stitched fabric incorporating a 3/4 oz. chopped strand mat stitched to one side of the fabric. It took 12 layers to lay up a 5/8" thick sheet on a piece of heavy window glass (to keep it perfectly flat). This was my first attempt at laminating, and it turned out quite well. The whole job only took an hour!
|5/8" thick fiberglass sheet.|
|Roughing out the blocks.|
|Underside of block, to be bonded to inside of hull.|
If, in the distant future, the bolts fail, then the valve can be turned a few degrees, and new holes drilled right through the block and hull.
Now, if only those machine screws would arrive ......
Coming next: align the engine, attach the exhaust, cooling water lines, and fuel lines. Find the best places for raw water strainer, fuel filter, and the routing of lines under the cockpit floor.
Next: BOAT RESCUE PART 10: INTERIOR WORK STARTS IN ERNEST.