When we lifted the boat for the IRC measuring last week we uncovered a few problems that needed to be fixed. This was supposed to happend this weekend. The bowthruster cover plate had gone missing.And there was about 10 small corrosion spots on the bottom. Plus the cover for the keel bolts in the fin was obviously not 100% watertight. This last problem was not too surprising, considering I did that in last minute panic just before launching in August last year... Anyways, it rained quite a lot this weekend, which made work very difficult and not so fun. After three late night shifts of work everything seemed ok, including the new bowthruster cover which has very good fit: Special thanks to Magnus and Stina for hands-on and mental support! But just before launch I thought: Given that the whole weekend has been miserable, I am sure there is a last corrosion problem hidden underneath the lifting strap. And of course there was one. Now I am trying to fix that last one really quickly despite the cold weather, since the crane is needed for other work. A paddle, a ladder, a hot air gun and some straps:
Standard thing to do before launch: Painting anti-fouling. Well.. actually not for me, since my last small boat had so many layers of paint on the bottom when I bought it that I just grinded some old off each spring, instead of putting new on. And the large yacht I had before that was repainted on Trinidad. God knows what paint they used, but it lasted forever and didn't need any cleaning or repainting. Must have been horribly poisonous. Now we are using legal and nice paint. Tomorrow night we are going to try mounting the keel. Don't miss that!
I have written once before about the Creative Pump Design Department. It got even more creative now that the pumps have been installed for real. There were lots of limitations in terms of pipe bend angles and mounting spaces, so in the end the pumps had to be mounted at really funky angles. But now everything is solid in place and all the connections for the ballast tanks are done! Actually this little project showed one of the strengths of building in aluminum: It is reasonably easy to add and adapt the structure when needed. You can also see the heat exchanger for the fridge and freezer in the right side.