Thursday, March 02, 2006
There it is, my watertight hatch cover.
It's only a sense of decorum which stops me from putting the word 'watertight' in bright, flashing, neon colours, I'm that proud of getting the edges welded watertight first time.
The picture shows the cover topped up with water, by way of a test. The splashes either side are not because of any leakage, merely the result of me trying to level the thing while it was partly full of water.
I've still got to survive a critique of my welding from Robin, but even he is bound to be a bit impressed.
There is still more work to be done before the cover can finally be commissioned, and the old one dumped, including welding fittings and handles on and, of course, painting it.
I don't feel up to welding a new section of plate into the hull, or anything quite of that magnitude just yet, but this has been a big confidence boost for me.
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