Alexander's 26 foot Swiftsure - Week Two
Stopped in today, trying to keep from getting too far behind. The 100 gallon gas tank had been completed, a real work of art. Here are a few photos of it, before it has the filler pipe, vent etc marring its perfect form.
The tank will be installed below decks, in the longitudinal/bulkhead grid, which currently is like this:
Looks almost ready for the deck, but first the hull is to be completed. Today the Lee Shore guys were installing the 2-1/2" half-pipe keel/bottom joint protector. Live, it was quite the light show. Let's see if this gives you a hint of it:
Detail photos below will give you an idea of how the hull plate is welded to the central longitudinal/keel, then covered by the half-pipe, which will extend all the way to the transom when they're done.
Looks durable to me. Guess we can beach her? Maybe, but should we?
Kelly, the standing guy securing the half-pipe, above, took our photo during a break. Things are going well – happy people.
During our latest rain forest experience, meaning while about 7-10 inches of rain fell this past weekend – see rain chain and rain barrel photo – Cezanne tied up a few small versions of the Miyawaki Beach Popper a most fun and effective way to catch sea-run cutthroat off the beach. I had gotten into a slew of cutts last weekend on Discovery Bay, so we had reason to believe the popper is hot this fall. We took a few over to Lee Shore today, as Eric and his rigger, Jim, love fly casting for cutthroat.
Several rain barrels buffer the roof flow before sending it over the bank in garden hoses. We hope soon to plant salal under which the hoses can be routed. Now back to the story.
Sequim, the banana belt, lived up to its reputation Thursday morning at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden. Four of us prepared one plot for dahlias while others tidied up the grass collection and prepared the winter vegetable garden. A sample of the grasses:
Naturally, we stopped at Lee Shore on the way back to Beaver. The boat had been flipped, gas tank was being fitted and deck stiffener welding was taking place.
Gas tank with baffles, sans top. After the weld points, filler and vent are attached, the top will be welded on and the tank pressure tested. Aft starboard corner of the cabin will house the filler pipe and vent.
Then, the deck.
Eric is pleased with the way the job is progressing. Next week he'll order the outboards.
Note owner in Giants shirt. As a fantasy baseball mercenary, I also have a Rangers jersey.