We continued with our drilling of three holes through the keel these last few days. Through these holes we’ll insert three rods which form the internal cradle support. The rods will be braced in “donuts” attached to new thwart-ship beams just below the deck.
We started on Tuesday last week by ensuring everything was aligned and ready to go. By the end of the day we had drilled the forward hole and had started the middle hole. By end of work session on Saturday we’d completed the middle hole and were 6″ into the aft hole. Last Tuesday we completed drilling and cut out the deck and cleared internal structures so the rods could be inserted to their full length.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll construct the deck-level thwart-ship beams and donuts and lock the rods in place. Once that is accomplished, RELIANCE will go back into her builder’s cradle and we’ll complete all the under-deck tasks such as:
– Installing the mast step
– Installing sheaves and cleats for through-deck halyards and sheets
– Fastening key deck fittings and chain plates as required
Hopefully, she’ll be back in her working cradle before Thanksgiving!
Engineer Steve works on new technique
Keith takes over on Tuesday
Cushy job. Engineer Keith takes Steve’s technique to a new level
Deck is marked in prep for cutting access hole
Clearing away plywood impediments to mounting rods
Work continues late into the afternoon
View from inside – all lined up!
First rod goes in
All three rods are dry-fitted to be equidistant from waterline
Core samples from cutting operation
Core samples showing thickness of the fiberglass