2848Hrs – A Long Awaited Coming Together
A landmark day today, the two hulls are now properly connected for the first time. The cross beams are completed, they are sitting in exactly the right locations and there are temporary retaining pins locking them in place.
I felt the difference immediately, I’ve got used to the hulls rocking slightly in their cradles as I clambered in and out of the cabins or moved around on deck. Not any more, she feels solid, she feels as one, she feels like a boat.
I took some time just looking at her, just basking in my achievement and thinking about all the exciting times ahead….. It’s been a good day.
The photo below shows a view looking directly down into the portside aft beam trough. You can see the temporary retaining pin passing through the beam trough side and the crossbeam. This will be replaced with 18mm stainless steel rod when the boat is assembled for launch. Each of the three full width cross beams is held centrally with one of these pins and then lashed inboard and outboard to the lashing strakes. This simple design allows for a small degree of flexing and therefore considerably reduces the stress loadings. Another example of the genius in Wharram designs.
This last photo shows how the slightly extended beams sit out from the hull side. I’m really pleased with the way they’ve turned out and I’m particularly chuffed with those big cleats I found at Beaulieu.
I’ve been working at the barn for 10 days straight now so I think I’ll take tomorrow to rest up and re-group. I shan’t rest on my laurels for too long though. As Jacques rightly pointed out the other day I still have much work to do, I’m thinking the deckpod is next and I’m keen to get cracking.