|Not a wayward skid mark from the larger sort of motorcycle.|
Since the demise of coal-fired steam engines, the need to have a shovel in the vicinity of a boat has been seldom, unless one wishes to repel boarders with more than the customary zeal. And yet boats in process sit on land, and land, wet or loosely compacted, can give, as was discussed last fall. So it's a good idea to provide proper drainage.
|Better ditch than bitch|
|There's more around back. Let it rain...the ground beneath stays dry.|
So I didn't actually regret or resent an hour of spirited hacking away at the gravel/dirt amalgam, because I knew I could stop.
|The Commodore: Not usually dressed like this|
|Wax on, wax off: Not bad for nearly 40, which in people years is about 100.|
|Those are "character" gouges. I have faint hope of colour-matching them, so they are there to encourage me to helm better. The rest looks pretty good.|
|Yes, we will have to see if there's a "new decals" budget this season. That was made with CorelDRAW, so it's pretty freakin' old...I guess I got my money's worth.|
|I can see a crappy, abandoned wreck in it!|
|It wasn't this bad. I made it this bad by way of preparation|
|Miserable-looking, but actually not my worst work at filleting.|
|PLEASE SAND ME SMOOTH!|
I tightened the zinc as well, which isn't too badly worn. Note the little hose clamp? It's in case the zinc falls off and the coupler collar or prop shaft fails. It would stop the prop backing off right out of the boat, leaving an impressive water feature.
You might call me paranoid, but this very thing happened to my wife while crewing on a delivery of an Ontario 32 in 2008. The prop shaft broke right at the coupler. Water came in. For want of a hoseclamp...still, they didn't sink, but the tow was expensive.