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Art Read
03-17-2003, 01:37 AM
But only with a bit of rain, alas... Finally got a decent enough day to try to clean out the shop and was almost finished when the rain clouds rolled in again... I started to "panic" a bit about the boat being out there in the rain... and then, I thought about that a little bit... ;)

(Anyway... Thought you might like to see some new pictures, and well, the deck DID look awfully pretty, wet down and "glistening" like that, after always being covered with so much sawdust for so long...)

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid55/pc8717b4a579a3f45eb9e0b998d6cc940/fc7e23ae.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid55/p30b208f6c4a7a4dd24261e9d03e95291/fc7e23b9.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid55/p608b3884e813ae059b2516edec588b57/fc7e23b1.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid55/p5d32017959f982d8b2fe4c8ab0ef5141/fc7e23b3.jpg

But hey! I did get the rudder fitted in it's "port" today!

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid55/pe70103c8bcbb26e958cdefaddd0f145c/fc7e1054.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid55/p4081add2e3f3089fe3228fc525a1f26e/fc7e23b2.jpg

I had EXACTLY enough lift on that hoist, (after building up the shores a couple of times...) to get it in there without having to do more than dig out a little "hollow" on my plywood flooring in way of the bottom of the rudder post before it would slide in...

Fun day! (And the BEST news was I found a little puddle of rainwater collected in the lowest part of the bilge the next morning after the rain squall... At least now I know it doesn't leak from the inside-out anyway, Right? ;) )

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Dave Fleming
03-17-2003, 01:44 AM
to get it in there without having to do more than dig out a little "hollow" on my plywood flooring in way of the bottom of the rudder stock before it would slide in... Art, you don't know how many yards with plank floors have these curious patches in the floors.
Ayup, for working on rudder shafts. So yours is in good company.
AND...the boat is looking fine on that nice stout cradle.

(Ahem, where is the keel or is that party still in the planning stage?)

Art Read
03-17-2003, 01:57 AM
"... that nice stout cradle..."

I know... I know... The diagonals are just waiting for the keel to get bolted home. Gonna be pretty "tight" under there as it is!

As for the bolt hole drilling "party", well, the rudder design/fabrication project has sort of "preoccupied" us... It suddenly dawned on me one day that I probably wanted to have it done and in place before bolting on all that extra dead weight to hoist! ;)

Wild Dingo
03-17-2003, 04:10 AM
Getting along nicely eh Art?! :cool:

Beautful lines that Dark Harbor real sweet ;)

Scott Rosen
03-17-2003, 05:40 AM
She's looking really good, Art.

Leon Steyns
03-17-2003, 05:45 AM
I'll second that: a real stunning beauty! Thanks for sharing the pictures... :eek:

Greets, Leon Steyns.

garland reese
03-17-2003, 06:26 AM
Art,
That is one loverly boat! Wish I lived near some big water. When's the launch party? :D

On Vacation
03-17-2003, 06:32 AM
Absolutely beautiful. I am still amazed at being able to do this is that limited storage bin. :D :D

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Mrleft8
03-17-2003, 06:41 AM
Very pretty! (I bet YOUR keel isn't bent either...) I kind of figured you were using a clear Lexan keel, and that I just couldn't see it.... ;)

ishmael
03-17-2003, 07:02 AM
Leda would be a good one. Lovely as a swan Art.

TomFF
03-17-2003, 07:33 AM
Originally posted by Scott Rosen:
She's looking really good, Art.Do you mean, "she's really good looking art [fine lines, craftsmanship, beauty]" or "she's good looking- Art" [craftsman, certainly no beauty]?

It certainly is a work of Art! Thanks for the pics.

ken mcclure
03-17-2003, 08:18 AM
I'm speechless. And that's saying something!

videoguy
03-17-2003, 09:51 AM
Damm she's pretty I love the lines. smile.gif smile.gif .Phil

Roger Stouff
03-17-2003, 11:34 AM
Constantly getting more beautiful!

B. Burnside
03-17-2003, 11:38 AM
Well done Art! Congratulations on a spectacularly beautiful boat.

Rich VanValkenburg
03-17-2003, 11:49 AM
I think this is cool. Who said you need a boatshop to build a boat. Great job, Art!

Rich

Jamie Hascall
03-17-2003, 11:59 AM
Whew! I was wondering if I'd missed awhole lot of important stuff while I've been busy with other things. She's looking truly wonderful Art. It's amazing how those little insights on weight come along like a bolt of lightning. Let us know when you want to drill and hoist the heavy part. We'll put together a good crew for you.

Hmmm, where is RGM these days? I haven't seen his tag around here for a bit.

Good Luck,
Jamie

Art Read
03-17-2003, 01:01 PM
Thanks, folks! It's starting to get exciting. I think she's beginning to "smell" the water now....

Donn... The "name" was firmly determined the day SWMBO agreed to let me use the basement/garage to start this "little" project. But it's bad luck to say it out loud before the christening so you'll just have to wait for the launching pictures! ;) (Oh, and Mrleft8... As carefully as I could, I measured, marked, cut and attached her keel and then never again let anybody NEAR it with a tape measure! Not gonna either!)

The deadwood and ballast keel have both been ready and waiting for quite a while now. Between getting things like the spars and the interior fittings built, and sorting out that rudder, they have sort of fallen on the back burner. Not any more! (You can just see the ballast molding, lieing on it's side under the cradle, in the last picture above)

I've been meaning to post a couple of pictures of that rudder project. RGM has really bent over backwards, helping me muddle through that process, and I can't thank him enough. It WOULDN'T have happened with out him and some very skilled buddies of his doing the metal fabrication for me! (BTW, Jamie, he's still around, and even pokes into the forum now and then, but they're keeping him pretty busy down at the shipyard these days. And he has a teenage daughter you know! ;) )

Anyway here's how we worked out the rudder:

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid50/pc502f4aa4d388fa82e58556ea6d074fa/fcabebad.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid43/p175a65d696a3a1a2543f0d513fe6520b/fce35054.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid49/p084811381a3c9b2c7374510490120596/fcb37f1d.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid50/p514b6465f17a4945def7e0f48e71d2b8/fcaae54f.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid50/p956b63ba9e9b13cbeaa333b4798011dc/fcabebac.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid52/p77513047598ce1a72473998ba80d17a7/fc94b541.jpg


(Thank's again Rodger! And you too, Paul, for sending me those Joel White plans to plagerise the design from...)

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Dave Fleming
03-17-2003, 01:16 PM
Some nice machine work there Art. Completed job looks elegant!

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Art Read
03-17-2003, 01:34 PM
Thanks, Dave, but the credit goes to Rodger's buddy, John W... He's the machinist who did the work. Neat guy. Makes beautiful models of tugs, (sound familiar? ;) ) and fancy wood, inlay work in his spare time as a change of pace from machining huge prop shafts and thrust bearings and such for the usual "big" projects he works on. (I think he felt like he was working on a "toy", doing my little job...)

BTW... The size of that weld joint on the rudder port keel plate above is MY fault, not theirs. I gave John an innaccurate angle on it and when I got it home to double check the fit before welding, I tried to grind it out myself. Didn't have the proper tools and made a real hack job of his otherwise beautiful fit...

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Dave Fleming
03-17-2003, 01:55 PM
BTW... The size of that weld joint on the rudder port keel plate above is MY fault, not theirs. I gave John an innaccurate angle on it and when I got it home to double check the fit before welding, I tried to grind it out myself. Didn't have the proper tools and made a real hack job of his otherwise beautiful fit... I refrained from any negative comments for the sake of the moment, if ya get my drift.

Art Read
03-17-2003, 02:14 PM
Yeah... Well. At least it's below the waterline! ;) (I WAS pretty embarrassed, having to show him what I'd done when I took it back... But still, they did a pretty damned impressive job "salvaging" it, if you ask me...)

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid48/p1db5df82fa8083d5abf13fd867ded6d1/fcbb5781.jpg

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Mr. Know It All
03-17-2003, 02:37 PM
Thats a beautiful boat Art. Thanks for posting the pictures. smile.gif
Peace---> Kevin in Ohio

htom
03-17-2003, 10:10 PM
It's not fair to the other boats that she keeps looking better each time; they were already jealous.

John Blazy
03-18-2003, 02:16 PM
You've demonstrated how aesthetic fine engineering can be! She looks like she'll be so slick through the water, better tie her down well.