|taped, vaccumed and cleared|
|ready for deck Epifanes!|
Meanwhile the Gas-Hopper crew has been digging further into the hull. We must be certain that she is seaworthy plus we wish to investigate some deck damage from below. The fuel tank is under the front deck and we need to clean that out and make sure it is sound as well. It's very tight quarters under there and it was fortunate that Chase, one of our youth volunteers showed up - he fits!
|Last week the fuel tank was the obstacle|
but it was just stuck - literally.
|Once that was out Chase was able to clear|
out all the old flotation foam and debris.
|meanwhile Anton and George tackle the rear end|
beginning with the aircraft seat.
|To inspect the whole hull means removing the |
lovely tail section aluminum bodywork - carefully!
|All clear and in great condition - but dirty...|
|we could see a tank back there but couldn't tell|
what it was for. Turned out to be an old aircraft
aluminum tank - all plugged - for flotation?
|The crack in the front deck turned out to be under poor plywood|
so we'll reinforce it from below and reglass the repair.
So stay tuned, if the Lightning deck is acceptable then from here on when parts go back on the boat they are on to stay (we hope). We need some funding to keep moving on Gas-Hopper, gasket set, shopped out cleaning, bearing shells if we can find them, crank polishing etc. Let us know if you would like to help - become a Gatsby member? Cough up $500 and go boating this summer?
|two coats on the deck today - waiting to dry....|