|Cracking The Hatch Frame Off The Deck|
As always, just as fast as we tick something off a new item is discovered and added to the list - at last count 35 items were completed, with only 40 to go (!).
Among our major jobs is the refurbishing and re-bedding of our six Goiot deck hatches.
|My Grandfather's Anvil Was Used To Straighten The Frame|
As a trial, we've removed one hatch completely, cleaned up the frame and had some of the larger corrosion holes filled with alloy weld by a skilled local welder. Then, after some inspired sleuthing, Ley located a small anodising plant in the south of the island, run by a group of local motor cycle racing enthusiasts. They've re-anodised the frame and we're now ready to refit it to the deck.
|Tapping The Epoxy|
With generous help from our friend Peter Laine, a shipwright and boat builder based at Chagauramas in Trinidad, we repaired the epoxy fairing compound that provides the level bed for the hatch on the curved deck.
|Recoil Inserted Dry, Pulled Out @ 300kg|
|Test Recoil Inserted Wet, Could Not Be Removed In Our Test|
We found that a 5mm Recoil insert screwed dry into the prepared hole would handle more than 300kg of load, applied with a short pinch bar, before pulling out. Better still, if we coated the insert with wet epoxy before insertion, we simply couldn't extract it with our simple "pinch bar test" - it was plenty strong. When we return to Crystal Blues we can now continue the refitting task - only five hatches and one hundred holes to go.