Just wanted to give you an update on my latest progress.
I think I've located a decent used engine for the boat. Actually, I have no idea if it's decent or not, yet. The engine was in a launch that caught fire inside a shed. The engine was just about the only thing left of the boat. It's all sooty and filthy, but appears to be okay. Soon, I hope to try to get it running to see what the deal is. It's a Yanmar 3gm. That's the 3 cylinder variety. 27 hp. I checked it out and it seems as though there will be enough room for it on the engine beds. Initially, I had wanted a 2gm, but haven't found one yet. I stumbled upon this one and I'm checking it out. It would be nice to have the extra horsies.
On other fronts, I nearly ready to fasten the cabin-trunk down. Yesterday and today, I've been drilling the LLLLOOOONNNGGG thru-holes. It was kind of nerve-wracking drilling through the 1 1/8- 1 1/4" thick cabin-sides. The last thing I wanted to do was blow a hole out through the side of the trunk. In the end, I decided to do it the Bud McIntosh way and drill half way from one side and half way from the other side. This actually worked out really well. I only had a few holes that were misaligned. Doing as Bud suggests, I made a reamer from a length of solid rod and opened up the holes up a little bit. This will make driving the bolts a little easier.
I've purchased some portholes and they should be arriving any day now. I decided on deadlights as the opening variety I had found were just too expensive right now. If I want to, I can change them out later. One thing I'll probably do is have some square opening glass windows in the companionway bulkhead. This may provide enough ventilation that I won't need opening portholes.
I'm thinking I'll bed the cabin-trunk in TDS Teak Decking System caulk. Has anyone ever used it in below freezing temperatures? I'm thinking I can put a heavy tarp over the cabin and heat it up with my oil-filled radiator prior to bedding. Maybe it will get warm enough for it to cure.
That's all for now,