Saturday, September 13, 2014

With a little help from my friends - Flipping the hull

Well today was the day. Nothing left to do but flip the hull over. The team assembled and we got right to it after some accusations of me stalling!

I apologize for having to use screen captures from the video. I was a little too busy to be taking pictures.
Finishing the first part of the lift, up on a 45 deg angle and resting against the work bench & stack of bulkheads. It got hung up a bit. We are pulling the bottom of the lifting frame sideways as we lift.
Over on its side. It did exactly what I thought it would do, slide down uncontrolled. We had moved the tag lines to the other side thinking they were needed there to help control the roll from the top. She slid down with a boom but nothing or nobody got hurt.
The second pull with the ratchet strap went a lot slower. We had to reposition it higher on the gin pole to get the lift we needed. It worked really well, much more control over the hull as we inched the bottom of the frames towards the gin pole and payed out on the main hoist.
And after some repositioning slowly lowered to the ground.
Finally, upright! It's taken 3 years to get to this point (we have short building seasons up here). The only casualties were one 2X3 and a pair of underwear.

Special thanks to the 'crew':

Greg Kroone, Tim Gilligan, Robert Taylor, Jim Campbell, Mike Laporte & Doug Laporte.

Now the real works begins.........

Standby.....