Finally, after making myself get out of the submarine building projects, it was time to start building a sailboat – one weld at a time.

We will have to flip each hull side over 6 times, welding a little more on each side every time in order to balance the weld contraction and limit the amount of distortion.

Yes, we can lift a 5 ton piece of steel 18 feet into the air with two 3 ton manual chain hoists; but it’s a lot of work and it took me 4 hours to complete. …so we broke down and purchased two 3 ton electric winches.

We love our electric winches. They are the best! Up and over in less than 20 minutes. But boy howdy, they don’t give these puppies away.

Wrong

Right!