2258Hrs – Minor Adjustments
Last night I took another look at the photos I’d posted of the waterline painting I did yesterday and then browsed through the photos I’d taken of “Pilgrim’ in September and I started thinking that despite knowing that the measurements were right the waterline just looked a bit low. I decided to sleep on it and take another look in the light of a new day.
Before I left for the barn this morning I checked my e-mail and saw that Jacques had read my thoughts and posted a comment that he thought the same! It’s a little worrying that ‘Pilgrim’ is some 600 pounds lighter than the plans and is also fairly lightly loaded and yet still sits a bit low. ‘Gleda’ will be a live-aboard boat and inevitably therefore will have to accommodate some additional weight. ‘Pilgrim also has the identical aluminium masts that I have and I’m led to believe that they are lighter than the wooden ones in the plans so it’s all a bit of a mystery. I know from experience that marine ply and timber can vary in weight quite considerably as will the epoxy. I’ve managed to put the best part of 200kg (440lb) of epoxy in the hulls somewhere!
Ultimately I just won’t know until ‘Gleda’ is afloat but it was obvious that, as Jacques had pointed out, I was being way too optimistic imagining she’d float to the planned marks. So what I’ve done today is lift the waterline by 75mm (3in), actually it’ll be nearer 125mm (5in) by the time I’ve finished because I’m probably going to add a 50mm(2”) ‘boot-topping’ stripe between the anti-fouling and the topside paint. If she floats lower than that I’ll have to start ditching some kit!
I had a bit of a fright whilst trying to move the cradles under ‘Gleda’ today. I was doing what I did when I originally set the hulls level i.e. using a 2 ton trolley jack under the keel to lift the hull enough to slide the support cradle along a foot or so. I was doing this so I could paint behind them.
Anyway the port hull has always sat on a bit of concrete that slopes slightly towards the outside wall of the barn, for some reason when I lifted the hull out of the cradles this time the whole hull started shifting away from me towards the wall! I immediately twisted the jack handle and dropped the hull back in the cradle and she stopped but my heart was pounding a bit I can tell you! To be honest she only moved about 6 inches but it felt like far more.
In order to bring her back I had to fetch the yard fork truck round and lift the stern via a strop pushed through the stern tube mountings. The truck made the job very easy so whilst I was at it I moved the whole hull about a foot nearer the centre of the barn onto some flatter concrete. It’s the first time that hull has moved for about 4 years!
To finish off my day I then went over the whole hull marking and filling the last few imperfections before applying the second coat of epoxy primer. I’ll rub them down tomorrow but I think the paint will have to wait for a few days at least as the weather is set to turn very wet and windy again tomorrow. I’d actually prefer a dry cold day. No pleasing some folks eh?