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Much of the last week’s progress has been slowed by the continuous stretch of rain, making welding outside not the most prudent activity.  The biggest change noted is the stern bulwarks are now cut away.  Removable bulwarks are being fabricated to allow the vessel to have an open stern for general use, and one more enclosed when the stern ramp is being utilized.  The base for the the removable bulkhead, consisting of 1″ x 8″ steel plate has been fitted and tacked in place.  At the same time the worn cheeks of the stern ramp were replaced with new and heavier stock. Once the foundation for the bulwarks is in place, the new removable bulwarks will be fabricated on top to assure the best alignment and fit.

The internal framing in the stern has been completely welded.  All stiffening plate for the A frame, gallows, and stern bulwarks are raised 1/2″ to be flush with the new tile deck surface.

Rather than try and fit the new shelter structure to the existing side bulwarks, the yard decided to remove the bulwark sections and go with new steel.  Between replacing the bulwarks around the aft third of the vessel and along the new shelter, only a short section of the old worn side bulwarks was left..  The yard proposed at a very modest cost to replace the remaining old sections so that the entire work deck will be encompassed by new steel. Work deck bulwarks to be replaced entirely.

Off site fabrication continues.  The gallows frame/A frame base is near completion.  Many of the fittings to make up the A frame, mast boom, etc. have been flame cut and sandblasted.  The new 65kW Northern Lights generator has arrived in Boston.  Our order has been finalized  for 6 weather tight doors, 3 hatches, 6 port lights and 5 windows, all to be of high grade marine aluminum fabrication.

Being personally on hand during the renovation has proved to be extremely beneficial to the shipyard and the University.  Numerous items are resolved every day which is keeping the project flowing in a very positive manner.  Otherwise I can usually be found deep in boat somewhere chipping and painting.  The fore peak (a tool, parts and supply room off the engine room) is complete and the bath/shower area is nearly refinished.

Steve Cluett

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