Thursday
Jul222010

Masts being prepared...


The electrician is now working on the masts and fitting the VHF aerial, lights etc.

Thursday
Jul222010

Aft boarding ladder...


The ladder has been fabricated and is now been fitted.   You can see the stainless steel frame.  The treads will be fitted between and when it is down on about a 45 degree angle the steps will be flat.   When it is pulled up the two frames come together and the steps form part of the flat deck.  

Wednesday
Jul212010

Aft beam and decking fitted...

 

  
The aft beam and decking is now fitted so the assembly of the steering system can begin.  Also the aft seating unit is also ready for fitting.

We have kept true to the Wharram design in that there are no fixed fittings between the hulls.   Everything is on rubber mounts to allow for flexing.   The aft seat is independent of the beams.   We have tried to ensure that by giving careful thought to the mountings that not only will the strength be maintained but also the risk of squeaking minimized.

On all the rubber joints we have put a marine lubricant to help reduce the risk of squeaking.

Wednesday
Jul212010

Starting to look like a boat...

As the 'bits' are put together it now is looking like a boat.  

 

Tuesday
Jul202010

Hardtop fitted on pod...


This is almost ready to be taken outside and assembled.  The radar antenna is quite low as you can see but it is the new type which is is safe to be close to as it unlike the older type radars it emits less radiation than a cell phone.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Hulls now outside...assembly started...



Well here is goes...the hulls were moved outside today and assembly has now started.

Friday
Jul162010

Hulls moved out ready for moving outside...

Early next week the hulls will be moved outside and the assembly of all the components will begin.   This will be an interesting time.  I'm dissapointed that I am in Thailand at the moment and won't be there to see it happen.  But...I will be back on the 28th and will have a bit of time before the rigging is set up to review and arrange many of the other components such as the tool kits, spares, fenders, and a lot of other miscellaneous stuff.

Davie Norris the boat builder will be in the US when I get back so we will hold off on putting the rigging together until he gets back in mid August.

Friday
Jul162010

Hardtop complete...

We had to make some changes to the hardtop because I wasn't happy with my original idea for the removable hatches.  These have now been replaced with a couple of Lewmar sliding hatches which will be a lot more convenient.

The solar panels can now be fitted and the hardtop will be attached to the cockpit pod early next week. 

The ridges that you see running around the perimeter of the hardtop is to contain rainwater and direct it to some clip on hoses that can direct the run off straight into the water tanks.

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