This week I worked on interior details and getting the boat ready for loading on the trailer. By Friday she was ready for the move from the garage floor onto the trailer. I used my garage hoist to lift the bow onto a furniture mover and then a couple of car jacks to lift the transom onto another furniture mover. This allowed for easy mobility of the boat and I was able to swing the bow around toward the garage door. Once the boat was aligned with the trailer I used the winch on the trailer to pull “Alice Gale” onto the pads. The trailer design, a tilting bed trailer, made the transfer easier. A neighbor helped with keeping the boat steady as she was pulled onto the trailer. I used the same temporary hull stabilizers on the trailer. I still need to build a permanent runner system for the hull to stabilize loading and transportation needs. And finally at last, the big question, will the boat fit as planned into the garage. Like a glove! I have just enough room to move behind the transom to the rear door and the width of the trailer just fits through the door opening.
Monthly Archives: March 2011
Here are few more build photo’s from the past month. I have been working toward finishing the interior of “Alice Gale” for months now. I think she will be on the trailer within a few weeks.
The bronze fairleads that I purchased from Classic Marine did not match up cleanly with my round oak rub rail so I needed to fair the rail to fit the fairlead.
With the canvas deck cover I need to protect the area of the mast partner. This area will have a few holes drilled for belaying pins, so I cut out a cover from oak. This will match the color of the gunwale rub-rail when varnished. Also shown in these photo’s is the forward deck trim.
I made my locker door handles out out extra mahogany stock.
I also added a few new low cost power tools to ease the final building details.
I decided to install an electric bilge pump. Following my typical process, I researched on line what was available. I found several options for both a manual or electric pumps. The manual pump was the leading choice for many months, as it makes more sense on a small sail boat. But… I wanted again to challenge myself with some complexity and also thought if I was busy with the sailing on a day with spray breaking over the bow then an automatic bilge pump might be a good idea too.