Wednesday, 13 July 2016
THE NEW ENGINE ARRIVES
The engine is a Yanmar 45HP donated by Llandrillo College.
Many conversations were had about whether the engine can deliver enough power for the boat.
I am told the rule of thumb is 4hp per ton of boat and we reckon she will be about 10 tons in weight.
If she seems under powered ,apparently the HP can be raised to 70ish by adding a turbo charger at a later date. (well that's what they told me.)
It has been run for only a few hours for fault finding tests at the college.The exhaust at present points inside our hut.and makes coffee breaks interesting when being demonstrated for trustees.It certainly makes the coffee taste different !
The two Daves and Duncan conducted an eye test today to see if they could see the new whoosh of the cabin side at 50 yards .
They were pleased with the effect before hitching a lift back.
Later Murray instructed Duncan in the use of a new tool he bought at a car boot sale and gifted to the project.
Volunteer Sandy returned for a third week and under Dave's supervision began making bunk slats for the port (left) side.
So due to limited space on board, guess who finished up caulking.......again?
Luckily Wednesday Phil had made his own caulking hammer with the help of a friend.
This became the envy of all....
and being a generous fellow,
Phil offered to let others use it whenever they wanted for a nominal fee paid UP FRONT..
Jane is attempting to hide from the camera in the hatch while Jim is displaying his new slimline body shape achieved by strict dieting much to the annoyance of Wednesday Phil.
All trustees are very pleased at the progress being made by the team...
She's a beautiful lady.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
TODAY WE WERE "MOB HANDED" WITH VOLUNTEERS!
Today we had 5 people working on the boat at the same time.
Sandy learned the skill of caulking and the "pull test" to check the solidness of her work. The cotton should prove difficult to pull out if pulled firmly.
By dinner time Wednesday Phil wrongly assumed Sandy was continually admiring the clouds above until he was informed her neck was feeling the strain of this knew muscle usage and a rest was required. Different tasks were allocated.
Volunteer Warren was tasked with fitting the "ceilings" to the starboard (right) sides by the forward bunks. These boards ,fixed to the frames,will allow air to circulate behind them whilst keeping the occupant away from the cold planking.
Meanwhile the two Daves ,now working four days a week, continued the skilled jobs.
Apprentice Dave faired in the newly glued cabin roof while showing us his gunslinger technique and mumbling "you dirty rat "
Shipwright Dave began chiselling in the notches to fit what he called a fiddlestick. As he didn't giggle I can only presume this is a meaningful noun !
The coaming is the upright plank protecting the crew from water washing over the side of the boat.( a kind of protective box)
On top of this plank will fit another with a gracefully curving arc from the top of the cabin side backwards.(as no one can remember the name of this, we will call it the SWOOSH )
Here" Bird Man" Dave feeds our Jackdaw and one flightless seagull walked in for company.
It's great to have such a busy workforce!!!!!