Archive for May, 2009

Fantastic Foaming Fun

Posted in Fitting out and maintenance on May 22, 2009 by maidofmettle

The day has come for the insulation foam to be put in place all along the interior of the boat.

I have never done anything so ridiculous as this…We spent many hours last night and early this morning masking off various bits of interior so-as to stop foam going on certain bits.

Wrapping up a boat like a christmas present

Wrapping up a boat like a christmas present

The foam-busters (cue ghost-busters music) luckily arrived some 3 and a half hours after we had been expecting them.  I say luckily as at 8am this morning when we had still not finished, they called to warn us of their late arrival…Phew!

Fantastic Mr Foam

Fantastic Mr Foam

Writing this now the foam-busters’ gun has broken meaning that they have finished about 90% and will have to return on Tuesday to finish.  I can’t show any pictures of the process as the stuff is highly toxic and some relation to cyanide so we weren’t allowed to enter the boat whilst it was being done.

One Step Forward

Posted in Fitting out and maintenance on May 19, 2009 by maidofmettle

In order to make one step forward often you need to take a couple back.  This week has been a bit like that.

The insulation foam people are due to come on Friday so the whole boat needs to be emptied of everything!  So we’ve been taking all the interior panelling and bits of galley and chart table.

Pete removing interior

Pete removing interior

Chris and Pete have been creating more dust via grinding and will all be doing more painting later this week.

We spent a fair amount of time filling the blocks with gloop (glue/sealant) to stop any water getting in at any time.  These give the impression that the boat now has some kind of tropical disease or chicken-pox .

gloop-filled blocks

gloop-filled blocks

Whilst in the process of filling the blocks with sealant, there was a strange smell developing in the garage.  On Friday the smell was finally investigated…Luckily!

On investigating an unusual loss of power accompanied by the funny smell the extension block in the garage was found to be looking somewhat dodgy…that is, in an unknown period of time we could have been looking towards an electrical fire as the plug was welded into the socket and looking quite blackened from over heating!

Chris investigating the extremely dodgy plug socket.  Don't worry the power is off!

Chris investigating the extremely dodgy plug socket. Don't worry the power is off!

Other jobs this week have included lots of messy grinding and hoovering up the resulting dust in preparation for Friday.

Housework as it should be! Chris and Pete Hoovering

Housework as it should be! Chris and Pete Hoovering

Also we have been painting blocks that will be used to fix various bits in place

blocks

blocks

Caroline painting blocks

Caroline painting blocks

Last Wednesday also saw the attaching of a bob-stay, welded on by the nice welding man after Chris had welded the chain-plate tang…whatever that is! Apparently this is the thing that attaches the shrouds (wires) that support the mast to the boat I am reliably informed.

Chris in welding mode

Chris in welding mode

Bob-stay i.e. the grey pole running from the bow to the furthest forward bit!

Bob-stay i.e. the grey pole running from the bow to the furthest forward bit!

Splendid “Smell-pipes” and similar

Posted in Fitting out and maintenance on May 9, 2009 by maidofmettle
Windows above chart table!

Windows above chart table!

The interior is starting to look a bit more like the inside of a boat as this week has been spent finishing the side windows.

More windows!

More windows!

Pete and Chris had a look at the bow roller too this week and made a prototype that will be made out of steel eventually.

Bow roller prototype

Bow roller prototype

Pete cut a hole in the boat with a drill and jigsaw in order to attach a “smell-pipe” the technical term for the pipe leading smells from the exciting composting toilet that will be on board.  Of course there will not be any smells produced on the boat during our trip!

Cutting hole for the all important "smell pipe"

Cutting hole for the all important "smell pipe"

Ceiling and walls start!

Posted in Fitting out and maintenance on May 2, 2009 by maidofmettle
This week saw us fitting panels to the ceiling and walls.
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side panel with window cut-out

The ceiling is mostly done leaving quite a lot of the sides to do now.

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ceiling above galley

Chris also cut off the bow roller on Friday

Chris under sheet to cut bow roller off with messy angle grinder!

Chris under sheet to cut bow roller off with messy angle grinder!

Pete also put his anchor lockers back together so the cabin is really starting to take shape now.

cabin with ceiling panels and side windows!

cabin with ceiling panels, anchor lockers and side windows!

Maid of Mettle hit me on the head fewer times this week thankfully.