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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Forward Hawse Pipes are In

Finished installing them last week. Also shown is a sample section of PlastTEAK on the caprail. I know, I know, it doesn't look as good as nice varnished teak, but that is just the point. As much as I appreciate nice looking varnished teak, I DONT WANT to spend time varnishing teak. Hawsepipe installation required a bit of tweaking. The starboard side bulwark was a little too thick than the max width of the hawsepipe, by about 1/8 of an inch, such that it did not fully "mate" with the other half. So I added a little extra Sikaflex in between to act as a gasket. And, the port side was a little too thin, so some of the pipe had to be ground off to get a good mate. All sealed with Sikaflex. The hawsepipes are polished 316 stainless steel from ABI, a company which is no longer. These were the last ones in stock from my supplier. Next I have two hawsecleats, also from ABI, to install amidships.
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