Friday, October 20, 2006

The boatyard calleth...

...and our wallets and purses emptieth.

This morning's news was that it would cost

nine hundred fifty dollars, United States legal tender,

to to a _partial_ (!) repair of Carol Anne's boat. Ouch.

That's just for re-attaching the console. We'll still need
to patch the keelson board, re-attach and glass the
mainsheet tailpiece bracket, glass in floorboard support
corner brackets, buy and cut aluminum box tubing
to make the floorboard supports, repair one of the old
floorboards, install the floors and attach brackets,
cleats, and sheaves, and do all of this before winter
cold closes in for the season. Of course, there's all
the planning and measuring we'll have to do to try
to make the finished product safe, strong, and
class-legal so we don't have to do it all over again
some day!

Life could be worse; I should look at the bright side.

Selling blood plasma isn't nearly as bad as auctioning off an arm and a leg.

P.S.: Just heard from John, the fiberglass tech.
He's about to start work.


At 8:16 AM, October 22, 2006, Blogger the skip said...


At 1:05 PM, October 23, 2006, Anonymous AdriftAtSea said...

Ouch... will the repair be Etchells One Design class rules compliant???

At 1:37 PM, October 23, 2006, Blogger Pat said...

Dan, that's a good question and we want to comply with the class one-design rules, in spite of some local advice to not worry about them. Glassing the console to the hull is not a problem, provided it's done well. But, figuring out a way to secure the floorboard supports is much trickier.

Class rules restrict how the supports can be attached so that people don't change hull stiffness. Glassed-in supports / reinforcements for the floorboards can only be placed in four designated corners and are limited in size.

What we need to do is get some plans, examples, and pictures of floorboard supports so that we know the most efficient, economical, and effective way to install them. To that end, I've been corresponding by e-mail with an Etchells owner in your end of the world and have been trying to contact the Etchells class folks.


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