3764Hrs – I’ll Get By With A Little ………
help from my friends.
I’ve touched on this before, some folks think I’m a lone builder, but it’s not really the case. Over the last two days I’ve had a lot of help from King, Richard, Paul, and Charlie.
King is in the business of graphics and he sorted me out with some stencils for painting the boat name on the bows. He wouldn’t take any payment.
Richard and Paul spent several hours yesterday welding my mast fittings. They had problems with the welding plant and worked till late into the evening trying to sort it. We had to call it a night eventually but we’ll be re-visiting the job tomorrow and I know they’ll get it done. Paul has also made me a new shaft for the steering gear.
Today Charlie has helped me with setting up the wood lathe to turn the mast footings, he’s also helping me source a new chain for the steering linkages.
Richard is a constant source of help in many ways. Not least with his generosity in letting me have scrap, and not so scrap, timber and metal from around the yard. When ‘Gleda’ is launched it’ll be in no small way the result of these many valuable contributions.
It’s hard to switch off at the moment, my head is constantly buzzing with the many and varied jobs I have underway. Time is compressing and there’s still a hell of a lot to do. I didn’t get to sleep till gone 3 this morning and was back at the barn by 8. I eased into the day by working on the dinghy. I made and fitted some rowlock blocks, reinforced the transom ready to take an outboard engine when finances allow, and added a pad to the bow to take a towing eye.
With the masts temporarily on hold my thoughts then turned to the wooden bases in which they sit. I set of to explore the yard and found an old oak beam half overgrown with grass out the back. I wasn’t sure it was in any fit state to use but it was the right size so after checking with Richard I fired up the chainsaw and cut into it and managed to get three blocks of reasonable condition out of it.
The mast foots shown on the plans seem rather over complicated to me. I may be missing something but I can’t see why they are shaped as they are. Here’s a photo of the ones Jacques made for ‘Pilgrim’ and he has identical aluminium mast to mine.
I’m thinking of making mine much simpler, I’ll notch the masts and add a hardwood ‘key’ to stop them turning and just shape the bottoms to the right height, width and angles so that the mast sit right. I decided to start with the rounded sections on the tops that the masts sleeve over.
This was where I called on Charlies expertise to help me get the wood lathe set up to do the job. He did the first one for me while I watched and learned, then I took over and got the second one done. I’m well please with the results.
Fingers crossed Paul come through with the mast welding tomorrow, I’d really like to get that job ticked off.