16 July 2019 | Marina Taina
William Ennis | Hot
Adrian didn't show today since had requested that he provide an up-to-date bill for us. He's been working for two weeks, sometimes with helpers, some time not, and we had no idea how much we owed him, so he was holed up on his boat adding the hours and supplies.
Gabriel did arrive at 8 and he and I worked with the new saw for a few hours, then with my oscillating saw, finally with a hand chisel and hammer. At last, we had the port-side stringer complete! Hurray! We had completed in 2.5 hours work that would have taken me days. With any luck, we'll be able to compete the starboard side more quickly since we know a process.
Gabriel returned by 1300 hours after lunch and we began work again. By 1530, we had removed the wood and metal backing plates for the aft starboard stringer and had cut most of the forward section as well. Our main stumbling block was battery power, interestingly. We had a good rapid charger but ran out of power before the next battery could be recharged. When we had exhausted both batteries, we called it a day.
We seem to have overcome this hurdle and are back on track. We got Adrian paid, the stringers are almost done, and our end is in sight....assuming that we have no more surprises.
Tomorrow, we buy steel angle and shape it with Adrian's grinder to fit. We'll epoxy them to the stringers. When we place the engine onto the new bed, we'll mark holes for the new engine mounts, drill and tap the holes, and mount the engine. After that, it's replacing hoses, and assorted final engine connection tasks.
I posted some photos and tomorrow will post a few about the progress we've made.