|The redoubtable Mr. B. finds his groove.|
|Making the "towers", pieces of angled steel bar stock that will support the lower part of the gas struts.|
|There's a nicely shaped plate underneath at either end tying the lip of the hatch together. The aft par will serve a future job.|
|Just another chaotic scene in the pilothouse.|
|That piece fit perfectly first time in. I was impressed.|
My job involved some tricksy measurements avoiding both the structural members of both lid and pilothouse sole in order to find the appropriate places for mounting holes for the McMaster-Carr-acquired stainless steel piano hinge attaching hatch to boat. I needed to acquire a metal countersink so the bolt heads wouldn't dent the lid when closed. Lee Valley had a nice one.
Cleanup of the piece involved a light grinding to remove burrs. Yes, a wire wheel would have been better, but it's stainless and it's buried!
|The labelling is because I am a touch OCD. An arrow would have sufficed.|
The hinge finished, it was time to attach lid to boat.
|Stainless steel piano hinge, courtesy of McMaster-Carr.|
|The tarp is to keep paint off the motor, metal shavings out of the bilges and to catch stray dropped things.|
|I have no idea how this surround worked. That once-clear disc is a thick piece of some sort of acrylic.|
|That's a milled aluminum "bullet" on the lower part, and epoxied wood on top, angled to the hull.|
|This was immediately cleaned up and repainted. The wires will be better secured, too, after the tanks are put in.|
|I can take rough numbers from this for the block necessary on the inside to orient the new sounder properly.|
|It was odd seeing daylight through the bottom of the boat. Unnerving, actually.|
|On the threshold of further refitting. Note our old friend butyl tape.|
|I bet I could have gotten the engine in and out of that without removing the roof! But I didn't know that then.|
|It's not often I tell a man he's got a nice unit, but that little Miller portable stick welder is the bomb.|
|The 'fire blanket" was a dampened canvas sack. Only slightly charred by the end.|
|The secret weapon: the heavy Makita drill with the Milescraft Orbiter, a sort of gadget to drill in tight spots.|
|Again, I'm glad I have a lot of hand tools nearby|
|There's further "L-shaped" squishy gasketing that should greatly reduce the motor noise, not that I find it too much, to be fitted. These black strips are just the first layer.|
|Even the cat approves.|