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Items nearing completion before return to water

April 12, 2021
Application of sheet lead flashing along the keel is intended to prevent marine worms from attacking the keel timber. Black mastic sealant is applied under the lead with many copper nails securing the edges of the lead. In the middle left of the photo can be seen one the through hull fittings which allow cooling water to be drawn in for the engines and generators.
The rudder post has been secured in the bearing block seen here bolted to the deck beams. The post top has been squared off to receive the black steel capping seen to the right. The ships wheel and steering mechanism is then connected to the metal cap allowing the rudder to respond to turning of the wheel.

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