3323Hrs – Shroud Plate Progress
It was nice to work on something other than engine boxes today, even more so because the work flowed well and I achieved more than expected.
Yesterday the 8 stainless steel shroud (chain) plates I ordered a few weeks ago arrived. They are 6mm thick rather than the 5mm shown on the plans because that thickness was more readily available. Never a bad thing to go a bit stronger anyway.
For those that don’t know shrouds are the wires/ropes that run from the top of the masts to the outboard sides of the boat and so help keep the masts in position.
Obviously these shrouds need to be strongly attached to the hulls and that’s where the shroud plates come in.
I took some time to mark the correct positions on the hulls, six of the plates are fixed vertically but two of them are angled towards the stern so care was needed to get them in the right place.
The next stage was to make up the eight hardwood backing pads needed to beef up the mounting area and to provide a flush finish with the hullside stringer. I used some Utile I had left over and again took my time cutting each one to a custom fit before marking and drilling the 6mm holes.
After that I used the angle grinder to prep ready for epoxy glue.
Then I glued and screwed the backing pads into position, filleted around the edges and smoothed off with rubbing alcohol.
In my next work session I’ll take the screws out and glue 9mm ply backing plates inside the hulls before re-drilling, painting and then eventually bolting the shroud plates on.
Roll on the day when they are put to use holding masts up eh?