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  1. #106
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    Thanks Peter - should be soon.

    All prepped and ready - I think. Tomorrow's the big day. I have some family coming in, so waiting 'til then. Spent today installing stays, shrouds and spreaders (Only 3 trips to the marine hardware store today).




    Mast is in position, gin pole up and a 5-part block and tackle between top of gin pole and bowsprit.






    Fingers crossed. Hope tomorrow goes well.

    Travis.

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    Hope you have a windless day for the mast raising. Going back to the beginning of this thread, I see that the boat came with the wooden sticks. Were they original? Rare to see wooden masts on a fiberglass boat.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Have you tested that tackle with some pressure? Not for strength, but for twist. Long tackles like that like to twist round and round,binding up .
    If that happens, consider a single line to the windlass.
    bruce

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    Very exciting! She's looking terrific! Hope it goes really well!!

    Rick

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    SUCCESS.

    Big milestone day. With the help of some family and friends, had a great day. Masts went up without incident.

    Rich - yes, wood masts were original to the boat. These were refurbished by a previous owner. There are a few dutchmans and some scarfs evident but he did a pretty good job. This ketch model was made late 60s and early 70s. It's basically a wood boat with a fiberglass hull.

    Bruce - thanks for the heads up. I used braided nylon line for the tackle which didn't twist. The tackle handled beautifully. I could see that being a pretty significant issue with something like 3-strand though.

    Thanks Rick - it went very well, thankfully.






    The stays are fastened with turnbuckles but the shrouds just have temporary lashings.



    I converted her from interior chainplates to exterior. Also, added bulwarks so the chain plate height sits higher than original. The plan is, now that the rig is up, to semi tune the rig (it's pretty bad right now) then order new swageless fittings and install those at the right height to accommodate the turnbuckles.

    The masts are not aligned, nor are they straight up and down, but they are secure enough for today. Tomorrow I'll start tuning the rigging a bit to get the sticks roughly where they need to be so I can take some measurements and order fittings.

    All in all, I'm just happy that the sticks are up. It's been just over 5 years now on this project and this is a big one for me. I went out to eat tonight with family in celebration. Afterwards, I couldn't help myself but come back to the boat alone and just sit in the cockpit for a while, watching the sun go down and just daydreaming of sailing her.

    Travis.

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    Congratulations! Fantastic and she looks ...... amazing!

    Rick

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    Congratulations Travis!!
    Daydreaming is a must !!!
    Absolutely beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuri View Post
    ...All in all, I'm just happy that the sticks are up. It's been just over 5 years now on this project and this is a big one for me. I went out to eat tonight with family in celebration. Afterwards, I couldn't help myself but come back to the boat alone and just sit in the cockpit for a while, watching the sun go down and just daydreaming of sailing her.

    Travis.
    I totally get that one! Been there... Congratulations, not only is it a big step, but a major psychological one.
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Now it really looks like a sailboat!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Great job Travis - she looks terrific.
    PeterW

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    Big Question:
    . but NOT about the boat . . .
    I can clearly & easily recognize a visionary work of art, based on a lovely hull and years of patient observation and varied experience, created by a patient master craftsperson as a labor of love. The rest is just interesting detail.
    . . .
    What about the dog ?
    Looks very much like our own, Mystery pup/ Rescue/ All Purpose/ 9yo_mellow-she/ 16lbs of Wild Haired Terrier/ Carin-ish . . . .
    Dog pic (link will not auto display?):: https://goo.gl/photos/CxQwqGnnxED5qrJJ8
    This is the first lesson ye should learn: There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, it doesn't behoove any of us to speak evil of the rest of us.
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    What a gorgeous thing she is! Congratulations.
    I once heard an old guy say "If you haven't been in trouble on the water, you just haven't been on the water very much."
    Now I'm the old guy!

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    Thanks guys.

    George - The dog is mostly Cairn, some schnauzer too. A couple years after the divorce, I was living on a boat (not this one) and my daughter suggested I should get a dog. I said ok but he has to be funny looking and be able to go kayaking with me. She found him in an animal shelter and I agreed to take him in.

    I've had him about 5 years now. I picked him up about the same time as I picked up this sailboat. At first he wouldn't make eye contact - just would hide in the corner or under a chair. He looked a little like this boat when I saw him the first time - missing half his hair, undernourished, emaciated and outright dejected. I learned he spend a couple months in a California shelter where nobody would take him. Then he shipped up to Washington for another couple months in a different shelter before my daughter found him. They had to separate him from the others because he would just cower in a corner and was an easy target for the other dogs.

    It took a couple years for him to come out of his shell. Now he's pretty much transformed into a full blown terrier. Not sure what happened, but I'm certain he had a pretty traumatic early life. He's turned out to be great little happy buddy and goes with me pretty much everywhere. He loves the car (boat too). It's his sanctuary and he likes to spend a lot of time in it. Though he guards the car fearlessly and will discipline anyone (other than me) who gets near it when he's in it. Outside the car, he's friendly to others. He's clung on to me and wants to go wherever I go. And he pretty much does.

    Back to the boat.

    I got the rigging tuned a little better, enough to take measurements and order the hardware needed to complete the job. Fitting the booms for the first time too.








    Meanwhile, work continues on in preparation for fitting the diesel engine.




    Fuel tank support is all constructed, tabbed in, filleted and ready for paint. Bedlogs are pretty much done too - 3 layers of fiberglass. Just needs a final sanding then the engine compartment is ready for paint.



    Hope to paint the engine compartment this weekend.

    Travis.

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    Congratulations, Travis. She looks great with the masts up. You've done wonders for the dog too.
    I'll be in your audience for the engine installation too.
    Ian
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    Thanks Ian, I'm definitely in your audience on your Kotik build.

    Engine bay is now painted and ready for the diesel.



    Fuel tank support is tabbed in with fiberglass tape. There are 3 layers of fiberglass on the bed logs. 2 coats of paint.



    Fuel tank support is done. I also had to increase the prop shaft tube outside diameter from 1-3/4" to 2" to get the new stuffing box to fit. That's now complete too.



    Next up is the placement of the diesel on the bed logs. There's still quite a bit of work after that though. Exhaust system, control system, fuel system, instrument panel. I need to build a platform for the water muffler and battery box. That will keep me busy over the next few weeks.

    Travis.

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    Love your work Travis .
    '' You ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know. ''
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    Thanks Peter.

    The plan is to use the mizzen as a crane for getting the new diesel engine into the boat. That requires securing the standing rigging which means going up the masts a few times.

    I've been up the mast now a couple times to secure the triatic stay. I have a commercial bosun chair but the problem is that the pick point is too high. With the carabiner, gri gri and tackle above I can't get as close as I want to the block, which is still a bit down from the top of the mast. It was a struggle to get that triatic turnbuckle in. I'd like to have a chair with a lower pick point.

    I spent an evening making a "better" bosun chair. That was a fail. I just couldn't get a lower pick point to work without a hard back. I have a climbing harness but I don't want to use it. There is quite a bit of work to do, suspended in a chair, in the future with varnish, adding sail tracks, wiring etc that I will be spending considerable time in it and climbing harness are not comfortable. OK for quick emergencies but not for spending half a day prepping and varnishing in the future.

    So the next experiment was to make a bosun chair with a hard back. I ended up cannibalizing a steel framed chair. That turned out great. Low pick point, comfortable and secure. I should have done that from the start.



    Work on the rigging continues. I've been waiting on parts and some have arrived.

    Other than the (2) main shrouds and the forestay, all of my standing rigging is 3/16. Running the numbers, the swageless fittings are about $60 each. I have (15) 3/16" cables and (3) 1/4" cables. That's (30) fittings for the 3/16" if I replace all of them and I plan on doing that. I can get (20) grade 316 stainless swage fittings for about $100 and a hydraulic tool to crimp the fittings for about $200. The hydraulic tool is a 16-ton press good for up to the 3/16" swage fittings. I couldn't find any, within reason, rated for anything larger. So - I'll use swageless fittings for the 1/4" cables and swaged fittings for the 3/16". I also picked up a 500 ft spool of 1x19 3/16" 316L stainless wire rope.

    Time for a mock-up and test.




    I made a short test piece with a couple swage fittings. I wanted to make sure the cable, fittings and hydraulic crimper work before using it on the boat.

    With the sample piece, I went over to the storage garage and lifted my old 650 lb diesel.



    No problem, but that's not much of a stress test. I then shackled the test piece to the frame of the lift, set the arm to it's maximum 2 ton capacity and cranked away on the pump. It's not very scientific but I'm pretty sure I got it up to it's 2 ton capacity, maybe more. I'm surprised something didn't break - that cable was really tight - sung like a piano wire when plucked. I ended up bending the shackle clevis pins but the cable and fittings held. With 2-tons or 4,000 lbs of force on the cable, that stresses the 3/16" diameter cable to about 145 ksi. I believe the breaking strength on this is not much more than that. That's good enough for me to demonstrate proof of concept and I'll never stress the cables anywhere near that.

    Still waiting on new turnbuckles and the swageless fittings. More to come.

    Thanks for watching.

    Travis.
    Last edited by Zuri; 07-20-2017 at 02:39 PM.

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