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.



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