Paint

DougSteel Boat

Paint —  It’s one of those things you want to get right.  But it’s also apparently one of those things that can cost $100,000 if your boat happens to be in the 40 ton range. So here is our criteria. 1)  Good, not pretty.  I could care less about gloss. Durable, is much better than gloss.  Epoxy chalks in the sun and … Read More

Keels and Casting

DougCasting, Keels, Steel Boat

I finally got the keel patched and put the crew to work doing the nastiest job of the year.  During the last few years of construction the keels have been collecting inches of grinding dust, plasma dust, weld spatter, tools, leaves and other assorted trash.  Just add water and you get the picture.  Now we wait for them to dry … Read More

Mucking Out is DONE!

DougKeels

Wet, cold, and muddy, but the worst is over and I have Jack, Hugh, and Martin to thank for it.   Ok, so Martin was seriously late, but that was Delta’s fault.  Now we just need a week or two of dry weather so they can dry out, and then it’s time to pour some lead!

Casting, Rudder, Hatches and other

DougCasting, Hatches, Rudder, Steel Boat

The engine room hatch has a gasket. A second deadlight is cast. The rudder quadrant now has put out dowel pins as several of you suggested. Thank you! The chain to cable connectors are done for the chain and cable steering system. And you get to see me continue to fail to patch a hole in a keel. 🙂 Many … Read More