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Ron & Devy Porter

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Port side on trailer

There isn't a lot to show for our work this week-end. The interior of the hull has a coat of epoxy now, making everything fully encapsulated. That turned out to be a tougher job than I expected due to the fact that it's not really a good idea to just stand up and walk around. Quite frankly, it would be nice to have the boat at least get wet before I start putting holes in it!

I also finished up the towing hardware. The coupler is installed as are the safety chains and the trailer jack. It's quite clear that I have plenty of room to move the boat forward on the trailer. That's nice, because as happy as I am about the theoretical capability of my axle mount to allow adjustments for balance, the boat cradle is far easier to move. There is currently not more than 50 pounds of tongue weight and I need to have closer to 100 after a motor is hung off the back. Another advantage of moving the boat forward is that the overhang at the back can be pretty much eliminated. Not that I don't trust the wood overhang I built, but it would be nice to get everything over top of the steel frame.

As you might recall, this trailer is an old trailer that is being adapted as a temporary solution to the budget problems cause by a troublesome car. Not even I think this is really a good idea, but if I have choice between a boat on a crummy trailer and half a boat on a good trailer...Need I say more?

Anyway, the next step is to work out the winch stand and tie downs. I'll probably sort those out over the next couple of weeks in between floatation installs and other boat construction tasks.

Port bow on trailer