Welder Finally Shows Up!
17 March 2011
After having waited for weeks for the welder, Chava, to show up, we finally found another guy, Hilario, who seems to be reliable. He actually showed up today as promised, and started work.
Project #1, building the emergency steering system. This is a spare rudder that bolts to the stern of the boat in case we lose our primary rudder. I made a mock-up with PVC pipe and the welder will duplicate it in stainless.
Project #2, relocating the solar panel arch. The solar panels are supported by an arch that is bolted to the stern davits. (The stern davits, being a pair of cranes on the stern of the boat to lift a dinghy out of the water). The arch will be moved forward, and higher, and welded to the arch, rather than bolted. This will be much stronger and less vulnerable to a following wave.
Project #3, to build a bow sprit to carry the asymmetrical spinnaker. This is a pole that sticks out in front of the boat far enough so tha the spinnaker doesn't get caught in any of the boat hardware.
With any luck, we might be done with these projects in a few days and ready to set sail soon thereafter.