|Temptress' nether regions....pipes all disconnected|
|Trying for fit|
|Fitting a pole end piece|
|Looking down on an upper pole support|
|Top Frame Mark I - far too wide|
The most difficult part of the installation was accessing the netherworld that is Temptress' so called services area. This wedge of space behind and below the wheel is where the steering quadrant is located plus (deep breath) the eberspacher diesel heating unit and its main 100mm duct, the air inlet and outlet for the engine room (two 100m pipes), the autopilot ram, the throttle and gear cables, the supply pipe to the cockpit shower and a miscellany of other pipes and cables. Light isn't a problem, the kevlar hull is thin enough above the waterline for an eerie yellowy orange gloom to pervade the space complete with the moving reflection of the ripples on the marina surface outside.
|Final top frame assembly|
|End of Day 1 - how do I get out of here?|
|Top frame tied to lower aft poles for fit|
|Emptying the aft cabin again|
|Refitting the heater pipework|
|Bits and pieces|
|Tying on the string|
Now the initial design is in place we can see that it needs some sort of permanent fixing to the push pit so Kevin is going to consult the Sea Screw catalogue again for ideas. The overall height may need lowering to reduce windage. At present the platform for the solar panels is above the supports for the wind gennie but it might have to come down a foot or so meaning the inner wind gennie support will have to pass through the rectangular frame reducing the area available to support the solar panels. Only when the solar panels arrive on Tuesday and we've had time to try them in place will we know what the best compromise is between fit and windage. Meanwhile the ensign has a new temporary home high up (too high?) on the port aft upright and we've realised that the framework together with the outboard propeller completely obscure the stern light so the light too will have to be moved to sit on the frame.
|Job Done! For now...|