Aluminum Rescue Minor - Progress!
- After a long delay, there is progress on Rescue Minor! I have
posted pictures in the photo section - there's still plenty left,
but about 2/3 of the welding is done, and I have been working on
interior and details. Installing the pipe rails helps a lot; there
was a lot of waviness in the gunwale panels, and the rails
straighten and stiffen it up, and camouflage the flaws. I am really
glad I did a trial dory 5 years ago, it is a comfort to know that
all the surface variations and flaws will fade in just a few years.
To turn the hull, I built a variation of Alex Haddens "Rotisserie".
By bolting a pipe to the transom, and hanging the bow from my
garage's rafter tails with a come-along, it's a one person job to
raise and lower the hull, and turn it to any angle, for comfortable
For mechanicals, on Ebay I have bought:
- Hurth transmission - the 2:1 reduction is wrong, but a year of
searching didn't turn up a 1.5:1 (still too much reduction, but the
closest they make) I can always shell out $1000 for the 1.5:1, or
maybe get brave and follow Robb White's example of creative
- TWO used Kubota 722's - the motor Robb raved about. I can't wait
to get them - hope they run! Ebay is always a risk, but the price
was good... Unfortunately the auction for the better engine closed
first, so I bought the first one cheap, and then continued bidding
on the one I really wanted...
Today my son's kindergarten class visited, to get their first lesson
in boatbuilding. Now THAT was fun! They all got to try out a real
drill, hold a propeller, try on my face shield, practice putting on
life jackets. I asked them what boats can be made from, and aside
from the usual boring materials, they proposed some great new ideas
to try out - Rocks and bricks were the most promising!
- Glad to hear it, Sal!! It's a big damned job to be sure. We're all behind you. --Rob
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