One of the first things I decided to tackle my overly-snug tabernacle. When I installed my "load reacters", I fit them snugly up against mast-less tabernacle. Well, turns out I may have fit them a little too snugly, making it a minor battle to raise the mast. Some work with a saw and chisel helped out with this.
|My new, temporary boom gallows|
|Re-shaping the "load reacters"|
Speaking of varnish, the spars now have so many coats on them that you can see your reflection in them. Ironically, now that they gleam, I am pondering whether to apply a topcoat of satin varnish. The spars get beat up a lot and a satin sheen will help mask all the minor dings and divots of a spar's life.
While not explicitly a boat-building project, after the hydrolock incident, I decided it was time to stop fooling around and start storing my outboard in the full upright and locked position. It only took about five minutes to whip up a wall mount for the little noisemaker...much less than the amount of time that I spent clearing out oil from the cylinder!
So the projects resume. I still have quite a bit of work I'd like to do on Solitude's interior, and I still have to make a set of permanent drop boards. Actually, the drop boards will be more difficult than I thought. A search of the shop revealed that I do not have any bits of 1/4" marine plywood remaining that will be large enough to construct the drop boards from. What to do? 'Tis a quandary.