Lots done today. Got the port side rub rail installed. It’s teak, 2 coats of epoxy and 2 of varnish. I know everyone says to let teak weather but I like the way it looks like this, even though it’s more work. My joints between sections … were not very good. One of them is okay, one is horrible. I had made 5 out of 6 of the sections before I ran out of teak and had to buy more so I had to set the saw up again and when I did it came out slightly different. :\ It’s not super noticeable unless you’re looking for things to gig me on.
On the bow I got the bow roller installed and both of the chocks. Since I shortened the bow roller assembly it’s far enough out of the way that I can run lines out of the chocks from the center cleat so I don’t need to add extra cleats. I am thinking of adding a chain stop just forward of the chain locker door there.
The original bow cap for this boat was manky, beat to hell and it didn’t fit. I wanted to make a new one and was going to have my awesome welder Stan at Advanced Alloys make it but he’s retiring for health reasons! So I did it myself. I made a template out of poster board, cut it out with the nibbler and finished shaping with a grinder. Tig welded it together (poorly), cleaned up my welds and installed it today. Fits perfectly. Those gaps on the side are supposed to be there, not sure why, but that’s how the boat is designed so I didn’t deviate. I also reinstalled the bow guard that protects the bow from minor dings. This was a big step today because now that that is on I can fit the anchor roller and other hardware that goes around it.
We got another piece of headliner installed that had been keeping me up at night. Contact cement only gives you one shot so it always makes me nervous. Lorena makes it work though. We’ll cover the gaps between panels with some nice trim.
After doing a bit more lapping this morning I fitted the prop and found I liked where it was while the nut still had a bit to go so I machined .040 off the bottom on the lathe and managed to get it just right so the pin is in the right spot. Perfect fit. The taper and prop hub are a perfect match.
This is how it goes when you’re rebuilding a boat.
I got the engine aligned and bolted in, finally, and wanted to hook up all the equipment that lives around the engine and is connected to the engine so I could start replacing all the cabinetry that also goes around the engine. Today I had a list.
- packing gland
- anti-siphon loop
- seacock for cooling water
- stop cable
- expansion tank
Originally I went out there with the exhaust but looking at it I thought well it’ll probably be a lot easier to put packing in the packing gland before I put the exhaust on since it’s right in the way. So I put the packing in the packing gland and then I was thinking to myself, “Self? This shaft is a little bit long so you better put the prop on and see where it’s sitting in the cavity before you commit to the packing gland and all that in case you need to shorten the shaft.” So I put the prop on and I can’t get the nut tight enough to get the pin in. This Max Prop uses a fancy nut that lives under the gear that lets the blades flip from forward to reverse and I’m nowhere close to putting that pin in. I’m 100% no where close to where they put the pin hole. Deep Blue Yacht Supply makes some nice shafts, but they don’t listen real well. I gave them the measurement for the shaft + coupler and they made the shaft that long, which is about 1/2″ too long. That’s fine because I have a little wiggle room, but they knew I had a Max Prop and how that attaches and they didn’t take that into account. It’s okay, I can work around it, but now I’m trying to figure out how to get that prop on there a little further.
I can machine the bottom of the nut so it’ll just set in there a little deeper. I can probably get it square on my lathe, but that’s iffy.
I can mill the spot where it sits so there’s a little recess and it can go a bit further. All I really need is about 1/16″.
I thought well I should probably lap the prop hub to the shaft so I went out and got a gear puller and some lapping compound and started working on it. It fits great, the taper is perfect, and I’m about halfway there so I’ll lap it some more tomorrow till it’s a good fit and I can get the nut where I want it.
What did I get done today? Well, the packing nut has packing in it now, but that’s it. I really wanted to get more done. I need a drink.