Thursday, 2 February 2017
THE WORK CONTINUES AND A LEVEL AROUND THE BOAT IS FOUND.
Work continues apace to make the boat water tight.
Both Daves have taken over caulking the planks since Wednesday Phil tore muscles limbo dancing under the hull with his caulking hammer.
Apprentice Dave fairs in the stern post to the planks to create a streamline hull.
Shipwright Dave has drilled a hole into the rudder tube and added a small tube to allow grease to be pumped into the rudder tube to keep it movable. (click on the picture to see in detail )
Dave then prepares to seal down the cover to make the area water tight.
FINDING A LEVEL ANYWHERE ON THE HULL.
To my fascination Shipwright Dave appeared with a long clear tube which he began to fill with water.
When I asked him what he was going to do with that ,I was relieved to hear he was going to use it to find a level around the boat.
Here's how it works.....
If you mark a point on the hull ,you can find a level anywhere on the other side of the hull.
If you pass the tube under the keel and hold the tube up on the other side ,you can raise and lower it until the water level in the tube is lying alongside the mark you made..
Once the water settles, the opposite end of the tube will show the point on the hull that is level with it.
That is because water always levels out in a tube.
(hope this can be understood ! )
So I learned another clever method !
The result is a level line around the boat.