Do I really need to muster the
bloody neighbourhood to do this...???????? NAH!
So here is where we left off last
cycle on this hull. I'm doing this without the major bulkheads
in place which makes it lighter but also less rigid. I'll need
to take precaution to insure it isn't damaged or miss aligned
by the move.
So.. as I remove the supports I install
bits of 2X4 to shore up the sheer and chanfer panel.
I used a floor jack to lift it out
of the frames, dropped it on the ground and man handled it over
to the other side of the tent so it will wind up back where I
So... whilst I'm feeling like tarzan...
OK... so that didn't work...
That didn't work either...
When in doubt, get out the "come-along".
Here is where I ran out of cable.
But maybe I can man handle it from here...
No worries.... but, care now needs to
be taken to make sure it is straight and well supported so I
did put legs under the chamfer panel and fastened to timber inside.
I sited down the chines and ran a spirit level at 1 metre intervals
on the keel panel to keep from getting a twist in the length
BTW... if you read last installment,
you may remember I was calling this tent "the swamp".
As I did this flip it was almost dry. Took a month of dry weather
to do it.
And one more thing... I talked
to a local boat builder who remarked on this page. He asked "how
did you really do it"? He thought I had tricked or
exaggerated the simplicity of this. He could not believe that
one person could flip 12 metre cat hulls. However, what you see
is exactly how it was done.