Literally and figuratively.
The beam fairings are getting their final fiberglass skins to tie in to the beam boxes. This is the last big step of the overall beam builds work – straightforward and repetitive including lots of ‘filling and fairing’ rounds to smooth out the surfaces for painting. The beams are each well over 100lbs now, so turning them and moving around the shop is a pain (especially when one got away and rolled over on my foot – that bruising ended an evenings work!)
But the big “wrap” is saying goodbye this Friday to my dear colleagues at Ryan/Epsilon. I’ve hit the 30 year mark in corporate marketing, and realized this boat needs a full time builder to get her launched in 2014. So, welcome to the new blog followers who are kinda pissed at me for leaving the San Fran office but are happy to have reserved themselves crew positions aboard 005 :). Let’s just say things are really going to heat up in the boat shop now and we’ll all start seeing more interesting progress reports.
Found a source of military surplus diesel-fired hydronic furnaces. With a wad of cash tonight I’ll inspect and hopefully purchase a ‘new old stock’ Espar unit that was intended for a US troop transport in Arctic service. Supposedly someone made up a dozen or so too many kits… Stay tuned
Hey Greg, Any chance you might be posting the “actual” weights of the beams before/after paint? I’d be curious to know just how much the various weights: Bare/Faired/Painted.
(Yeah, I’m nosy like that)
The paint will be negligible. Way less than a pound. Weight would come from excess fairing compound – the epoxy is heavy. Won’t be able to weigh the beams until they’re in the truck on the way to the final assembly. Few more months…
Just re-read your post – If I read correctly, you are retiring in a couple days?
If so, CONGRATULATIONS!!
Boarding the Golden Gate Transit commute bus for the LAST TIME right now. Monday starts the next chapter :)
Hi, Greg! What in the world is a “hydronic furnace”?? -a central heating plant for the boat (like a residential furnace?? -or something else? Best, Dad