Volunteers, meanwhile, continue to work on the Beetle Cat restoration. We are still engaging in "tag team" frame replacement, with each group of volunteers taking over from the team that worked the previous day. Slowly but surely, the new frames are being bent and fastened. We are well over half way in the process.
|Some more oak frames-to-be steam in preparation for bending.|
|Bob M. contemplates his next move.|
|A whole line of newly bent and installed frames.|
|The holiday boat, a Whitehall, ready to go on display.|
|Ballast faired into skeg using thickened epoxy which was later sanded smooth.|
|The ballast is complete -- sanded and painted.|
Work has turned to the engine installation. First step was hoisting the engine, a rebuilt Yanmar 1GM, into position on the engine bearings.
|The engine is lowered into position below the cockpit sole.|
|Slope of engine bearers and height of engine coupling is drawn on board at centerline of hull.|
|The slope and height have been transferred to the drilling guides.|
Once the drill has gone a foot and a half or so into the wood, the guides can be safely removed, and drilling can proceed. The last foot of drilling will require the addition of a drill bit extender.
|Charles drilling -- the bit is about 15 inches in at this point.|