This week has probably been the most eventful to date, and I’m not just talking about Esper’s progress. On Wednesday half of Chebilang turned out to watch a fishing boat burn right down to its hull, whilst a ferry bottoms out when being jacked up on a cradle. Other breakages include feet and motorbikes
Weekly Video Round-Up
Best video update so far, IMHO. Mainly because I managed to capture some fantastic footage of the boat going up in flames.
Biggest job this week was sorting out the deck fittings. Some were redrilled after epoxying the old holes and we’ve pretty much located most of the fittings. Meanwhile Tui set to and made new grab handles and teak beds for the cleats.
Ton, meanwhile, successfully installed the startboard shroud fittings in the port side, which meant he forced a couple into holes they were never designed for. We had to send one U-bolt to the workshop to get straightened, only to find it needed to be angled in order to get into the correct hole. You just can’t win!
Preparing the transom
With the swimming platform going through the transom we had to make some preparations, not least cutting the holes correctly. We tasked Pong with that job since he has the steadiest hand and an eye for detail.
Moo, meanwhile, epoxy’s backing plates on both the transom and the lazarette box.
Fishing boat catches fire
The biggest news this week came from the yard next door. An over-zealous welder started a fire on a freshly painted fishing boat and it was gutted within the hour.
I’m continuing with my yard photography project. Here’s a few more from the collection:
The deck fittings have almost been placed into their positions, but we’ve yet to bed them down. That’ll take pretty much all of next week.
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