Shane removed the brace from the forward seat of the Pelican and replaced it with two braces in order to accommodate the new (up to code) battery box. When we restore these old boats, we often have to reconfigure elements of their structure so we can bring things up to current marine standards. We love making things beautiful and shiny, but your safety is our priority. Shane also built mounts for the battery boxes and sealed them with priming paint. He ran the wiring for the batteries and battery charger and installed the steering cable. He then finished hanging the wires, replaced two wires on the battery charger where the insulation had worn through, and installed the battery box mounts. A few more tweaks, and the Pelican will be ready for re-assembly!
The 18’ 1956 Continental made a lot of progress this week. Jack installed the wire harness to hold the engine wires, installed the fuel tank, and mounted all the wiring that runs throughout the boat. He filled the old engine mounting holes, since they needed to be positioned slightly differently to accommodate the new through-hull for the prop shaft. Then he was able to mount the engine, which is a big job. He also installed and wired the blower. Shane sanded, prepped, and varnished a few more of the interior planks. Gary dry-fit the floorboards, which he covered with marine vinyl, as well as the seat bases.
Shane sanded, prepped, and applied the fourth, fifth and sixth coats of varnish to the knees, breasthook, and floorboards of the International 12. Nicolas made the remaining bungs and installed them, then used a chisel and sandpaper to make them flush with the boards. He sanded and applied primer to sections of the interior of the boat to prep for frame installation. He then reinstalled the frames with temporary screws. Eight frames are ready to rivet in permanently. This is a slow, section by section process that ensures a sure and steady vessel.
Shane sanded, prepped, and applied the third and fourth coats of varnish to the seats, bullheads, bilge, and hull interior of the Skerry.
Jack drilled out all the excess 5200 from all the screw holes on the new bottom of the 1955 Continental so they can be filled with epoxy. Gary has been ordering engine parts and the upholstery is currently in the shop being remade. No photos this week for this one, but stay tuned!
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