Just two trustees have been beavering away over the festive month to continue progress.
Work day was moved to Thursdays, but as Phil and Ron prefer Wednesdays this is now the case.
Wednesday Phil began constructing the cockpit (can't remember the correct term ) that the crew will sit in while on deck.
This is made from 3/4 inch marine ply.
The sections will be prefabricated and painted, to fit permanently after the engine fixing is completed.(keeps him busy! ).
Vertical supports were added to the ship's frames to further strengthen the cockpit.
Once supposedly complete, the sections were temporarily fitted ( first fitted) to check all were correct .
To Phil's amazement the box fitted like a glove and thus the floor was added.
As with all good designs ,amendments were introduced....( by Ron, who knows a thing or two !) to provide a water tight inspection hatch to the rear of the engine.
This will not be opened on a regular basis so it will be sealed shut with mastic and screws.(well that's what he told me !)
After the successful fitting of this hatch,the cockpit was completely removed to finish being painted and await full fitting once the engine is in place,
To see this section in place gave a feeling that the boat is really nearing completion !
MEANWHILE trustee Ron has spent over a dozen hours hand boring ,drilling and swearing at......, the tube that will eventually take the propeller shaft.
Today he finally succeeded in creating a wide enough bore hole to now take a proper boring bar to finish this arduous task..
I swear Ron danced his way out of the compound with a very broad smile !