View Full Version : Forekeel progress - 2 pics
05-11-2002, 11:43 AM
Sitting here with a raging sinus infection waiting on bolts from Jamestown, I figured that I could save some time and pain by fitting the mast step timber here at home. Each floor has to be adjusted to let in the timber, down to the level of the angle riveted to the steel frames. The old one is on the bench. It can't be original, it looks like it was hacked out by a blind person(no offense to the blind). Probably a repair from the 40's when the original mast was broken. They took the boat up a canal at speed and met up with a low power line. The power line won.
05-12-2002, 12:29 AM
Bummer about the illness. I went through it a month ago and it wiped me out. Take it easy and let that immune system recover.
Now, about them pieces of wood ya got there: You do nice work. It is all so pleasing to the eye it sorta looks like sculpture.
05-12-2002, 12:40 AM
Sort of? That IS sculpture! Beautiful work.
05-12-2002, 03:30 AM
Very nice Rich. What did you paint the forekeel with- nacho cheese dip? The old mast step timber looks as though it could be reincarnated as a jointer plane.
05-12-2002, 06:25 AM
Sculpture is right. Form follows function? I don't know, but it sure is exquisite.
05-12-2002, 09:59 AM
I usually follow whatever form was there to begin with, without thinking there might be another way or why it was done that way in the first place. In this case, the floors were swept up at the ends to allow for riveting, but closer in toward the keel, the planks were fastened with screws. I don't have any plans to rivet the new floors so I could have cut them straight across, like #1 at the end of the mast step. But it looks nicer this way.
05-13-2002, 09:28 AM
So Roger is burning up his vacation with a boat that doesn't work, and you continue to demonstrate your skill, but you're feeling a bit low. I think you two need to hook up, drive east and, by the time you get here, you'll be feeling much better. smile.gif
Nice work, Rich.
05-14-2002, 09:32 PM
Went to the medic on the way home from work yesterday, then home to a big box of bronze bolts. That's the good news. Not so good, I got upgraded (downgraded?) to pneumonia. So much for the excitement over the bolts. Like buying a new car and not caring about driving it. Lucky that work isn't in one of it's wierd weeks. I'll get to the bolts as soon as I feel like doing something other than sleeping. Can't remember ever feeling this limp.
Jerry, it's red lead primer, and a beautiful shade of orange it is, eh? I sometimes feel I'm the only one that likes that color.
wet rag Rich
[ 05-14-2002, 10:36 PM: Message edited by: Rich VanValkenburg ]
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