A lot has changed since our last post. We have managed to get our first coats of high build undercoat on, but not without a battle with the weather.
Turns out Tassy has humidity levels not dissimilar to the tropics, something we had not fully understood until now! Our magic figures for painting are: temperature no less than 10ºC and a maximum humidity of 80%. We have struggled to meet these critera, so have decided to keep moving forward with the decking, while we wait for conditions to improve.
We took a week off the build, to travel to Hobart to help Pete’s parents who’s house was flooded in the recent storm that caused massive damage in southern Tas. We also took the oppertunity to collect some additional plywood for completing the decks, superstructure and cockpit furniture..
To keep things ticking over while we wait for the weather to improve, we began preparing for decking. First we got the fore-beam ready for permanent installation. This involved drilling four 16mm bolt holes for the big 5/8″ bolts specified in the plans. This thing is close to 2.4 meters from the ground, so after drilling, we lifted it down, so that we could continue work at ground level.
An optional feature of the fore-beam is a fairing made from cutting an 150mm PVC pipe in half, and mounting on the forward face of the beam. It serves to soften the appearance of the square beam, plus provides some level of shock absorbtion in the event of a collision.