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Old 16-07-2013, 12:42 AM
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The 'eagle eyed' amongst you (Mogman for sure -already proved he's got eyesight like a sh*t house rat, with the magnet), will have noticed the lift eyes attached to the bottom of the hull an' yerz wot they're for.

Another 'roll over' to do t'other side's strakes, etc., before she goes back on her bum
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Old 16-07-2013, 10:25 PM
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Now that is a fine looking vessel what length is she?????

We have done a bit of work around marinas (not got involved with boat repairs) but when that one needs a bottom reline it will keep someone busy with the simple (boring) flat bottomed ones they just sit the boat on a plate and weld around the edges (bit shit if you ask me)

Anyway that looks very nice with a bit of shape to it

Paul.

Was going to ask about the upside down lifting eyes
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Old 16-07-2013, 11:38 PM
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Now that is a fine looking vessel what length is she?????

We have done a bit of work around marinas (not got involved with boat repairs) but when that one needs a bottom reline it will keep someone busy with the simple (boring) flat bottomed ones they just sit the boat on a plate and weld around the edges (bit shit if you ask me)

Anyway that looks very nice with a bit of shape to it

Paul.

Was going to ask about the upside down lifting eyes
Evenin' Paul,
Glad you like it. Our customers used to think the same.
Pity was all the best bits were below water once they'd been 'launched'

The one in the previous post was 40' x 7' 11". Couldn't make 'em the full 8' as they wouldn't clear one particular lock !!

There's also pic.s of a 44' x 6' 10" in amongst some of the previous posts, as , as I said previously, I've had to mix 'n match from the files a bit to get the various shots.

Built 27, or is it 28 - can't remember without a count up, of these things, altered quite a few and repaired dozens (that's a.n.other thread all of its own). All V bottomed, bar one 'little tiddler'.

Seen a few of the flats repaired by dropping 'em on a plate and welding round 'em. The new 'skin' hangs like a blister under 'em.
My opinion of this methodology is pretty similar to yours, but with a few more expletives!!

Re the "up side down eyes".
Yet another confirmation of the quality of your eyesight then mate!!

Yeah repairing these will require some one with a serious workshop (you'll have to wait for the next thread mate, to see how it's done)

better find a few more to tack on the bottom of this then.

cheers Paul

Graham
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Old 17-07-2013, 12:03 AM
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Ok. Now we get down to the hard parts (the hull's a piece of p*ss compared to the fiddly bits).

Last two shots in the previous post are; the cooling panel getting assembled in the rear swim. The matrix makes the cooling water 'run' its length to cool it. Pressure tested to 5 PSI for leaks. Doesn't sound a lot, but they start to 'change shape' at that!!

The bow area was usually used for water or sh1t tanks or both (separately of course) and again had to be completely watertight.

Pic two's the cooling panel with its lid on ready for test and three is the weed hatch with its top flange fitted and the 'tiller tube' fitted down through the stern.

Four's the water tank fully assembled and the start of the sh1t tank behind it.

Next the tish tank coming together, followed by assembled and mid 'weld up', again to a watertight (or should I say 'sh1t-tight') standard !! Then job done.

No 8 is the start of the rear deck assembly. Tank in the corner is for the gas bottle locker and has to be again water/gas tight from the rest of the boat's hull. propane's heavier than air, so it can't be allowed to accumulate in the bilge of the boat and the locker has to be vented 'overboard'!

9 and 10 show the channel for the self draining deck support structure, which again drains overboard, as you can see in 9. 10 also shows the start of the deck plates being fitted and welded watertight to the hull, to stop the rain water filling the bilges.
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Old 17-07-2013, 12:33 AM
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No 1 is the 'drop on' lid made and fitted for the gas locker.
2 is second deck plate fitted and cut out in first for main gas locker done.

Next is the main gas locker prefabbed and ready to get dropped into its aperture in the 'port' deck plate.
No 4 shows the locker installed and fitted lid fabbed. Superstructure bulkhead in place too.
the 'castellated' top in 5 allows it to vent and it drained overboard via a fixed tube from the locker out the side of the hull..

6 is the weed hatch cover plate and clamp.

7 the 'loose' fuel tank with fittings and 'dip tube', before getting sealed up.

Always preferred 'loose' tanks as they didn't condensate as badly as an integral, constantly in contact with all that cold canal water, surrounding the hull.
8's all ready to weld up.

Last two are the front bulkhead assembled and fitted.

That's it for tonight.
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Old 17-07-2013, 05:26 PM
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no1 general overall view, side deck plates in aft, b/heads attached and fuel tank sealed, waiting to be fitted below stbd. deck plate, aft.

no 2 general view of the stern.

no 3 stern deck plates fixed and engine bearers fitted to swim in engine bay.

no 4 fuel tank filler port and breather pipe. note the spillage bund, designed to stop any fuel going over gunwale into the bilge - no problem with it going in the canal - very green - just don't tip it in the boat (this is regulations)

5 & 6 first of the 4 superstructure side plates fitted in position

7 - yer comes the next one!!

8, 9 & 10. Bet they don't teach this sort of materials handling at yer average FLT training school !
Fair play to my guys they were all really good FLT operators, once they'd been shown how

Factory inspector walked in one day when I had 6 tons and 45' of boat sat on the 6' forks of the 7 tonner. He very sensibly strolled back out to his car, rang me and asked if it would be convenient if he called in, in about 15 minutes !!
He had a cup of coffee and a plate of choccy biccies waiting for him.
To be fair to them and me, they almost never found much more than a cracked plug top, or something equally silly.
Never asked the guys to do anything I wouldn't do, or hadn't done myself.
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Old 17-07-2013, 05:46 PM
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both stbd. panels on and braced, first port side panel in position.

no 6, 7 & 8 all super structure panels on & braced. Roof ribs/bearers coming along.
That damned fuel tank still hasn't been tucked in under the aft deck!!

Probably arguing about who's squeezing in to weld the brackets on. No argument really.
You'd have to shoe-horn Big Dai in there with a toe jack
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Old 17-07-2013, 06:02 PM
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Ribs on and consolidated.
Centre vertical bracing in, all ready for the roof panels to go on -and here they come.
Gently does it.
I did say they were good on the FLTs

Side panels are 5mm and roof all in 4mm.
Sides de-coiled to order, in 1/2 cabin lengths.
Roof in 1830 mm widths (can't get wider in 4mm) and de-coiled to fit width of cabin.

You'll appreciate that these weren't just 'nailed together' as we went along. De-coil has to be ordered 10-14 days in advance.
All materials came in JIT, as we were ready.

Didn't want or need to have damned great piles of plate sat about, as there were 'other things' in process as well, usually in whatever space we could find to use

See that tanks's still sat there!!
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Suddenly gets a whole lot darker in the cabin with the lid on it !!

No 4 starting to shape up the 'fancy bits' fore and aft.

no. 5 Katey mog, one of the five 'Highly intelligent, fast moving, night vision equipped, furry quadruped, vermin control operatives', who kept a very tidy house, inspecting the day's progress.

No 6 - definitely in need of some 'night vision' in here now.

Note the window apertures marked up in 8 ready to get the plasma treatment.

That bloody tank's still there!!.

roof hatch in stern companion way starting to 'take shape'.
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Starting to get a bit lighter again 'indoors' and the next few show you why

see that damned tank is still looking for a home

Slide hatch at stern completed and the window apertures are starting to go in

Big Dai's favorite 'weapon' - 130 amps of plasma cutter!!
Watch yer toes - here it goes.
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