3336Hrs – Full Ahead Port Engine (Box)
A good solid eight hour work session today. I’m trying to get s much done as possible before the end of the week as ‘Arctic’ winds are forecast!
The bulk of the day was spent working on the port engine box, the side decks, and the engine box lids, but first I spent a bit of time on the shroud plate backing pads. The stainless locating bolts had arrived so I drilled out all the fixing holes to 6mm before getting a coat of yellow on them. I was able to get a second coat applied last thing so I’ll bolt the shroud plates to the hulls tomorrow and tick the job off as completed.
My main task today though was to get the port engine box positioned correctly, to drill the locating holes, and to then to check fit the side deck and box lids.
It took a long time to get the box in exactly the right place and it’s ended up about an inch and a half lower than it’s shown on the plans. I needed to do this because otherwise it sat too high in relation to the port hull deck. I suspect my decks are a little lower than plan probably due to the difficulty I had with the tumblehomes way back when.
It’s not a big deal though, it just took me a while to work out what was going on.
Once I had the box level and sitting pretty I was able to fit the strengtheners to the bottom of the side deck and then park and cut out notches in the engine box and hull support blocks that allowed the deck to sit nicely in place.
The side deck isn’t mechanically fixed to either the hull or the engine box so the notches stop it moving around too much.
Again it seemed to take a long time for me to do the job but once completed I was then able to drop the engine box lids in place to see how they fitted. I had to ease the aft one slightly but otherwise they were fine. I have pre-cut hardwood strengtheners to fit to them tomorrow now I know where they’re going.
Once I was happy with everything I dropped the box down, glued on the one fixed part of the lid hinge points and then set up the trestles ready for repeating the whole exercise on the starboard side tomorrow.