3751Hrs – Metalwork, Woodwork and Painting
There’s a high degree of randomness to my work at the moment, I’m sticking with jobs that are necessary but other than that I’m pretty much doing whatever I feel like on the day.
Today was a good example, in between other jobs I got a couple of coats of paint on ‘Oscar’.
I made and fitted some additional supports for the extra forward deck bearers I added a while back.
I ran some lead wires for the masthead lights through the masts and drilled the entry and exit holes.
Lastly I lined the galley cooker recess with aluminium. This really was a spur of the moment job, I was sitting with a cuppa looking at the cooker space thinking about the gas fittings, and I realised that not having a lining would bug the hell out of me. I went walkabout in the yard and workshop and managed to salvage some scrap aluminium pieces that I thought might do the job. It took a while with the cutting disc and angle grinder but I managed to get what I needed. I even managed to combine a splashback into the aft piece. By the time I’d fixed and sealed it in place it looked just the job.
On the subject of gas, Ken asked if the gas locker was drained. The answer of course is yes. The locker is completely sealed from the rest of the hull and has a forward sloping floor with holes drilled through the hull inboard and outboard at the lowest points. I covered the holes with small stainless cowls that hopefully will prevent too much water getting in. I’ve read that in a seaway these vents can be a problem so I’m going to treat it as a wet area anyway.
Back on the paid work clock again for a couple of days now but hopefully my mate Paul will be in on Friday to weld on my mast bits and bring along a new steering shaft he’s made up for me. Got to keep things moving!