Since the scaffolding came down lots has been going on to finish the outside of the whaleback and make it weatherproof.
Clive has been constructing what will be the new cleaning cupboard and the ladder and hatch to access the roof area.
Meanwhile Ollie has been constructing a new strong point to allow for a bollard to be fitted to allow the mooring arrangement of Trinity to be adjusted.
Mike has been priming everything ready for further coats of paint. Back at the yard the doors and hatches are being made and should be fitted soon.
Inside, the area is almost completely clear. Once cleared the new racking & electrics will be fitted before it is insulated with spray foam, painted and then used!
This is how the whaleback is looking at the moment.
After two months of construction the scaffolding has been dismantled to reveal the whaleback kit store. Not only does it look good, but the space inside is amazing.
The work continues with the finishing of the exterior work before moving onto the fitting out of the internal space. Our aim is to have it all operational for the middle of May.
This week a two pack primer coat is being applied to the prepared steel. As soon as two coats have been applied the scaffolding and sheeting will be removed to reveal the new look. We can’t wait.
The bulkhead that will form the entrance to the whaleback is now being constructed. This will include a new cleaning cupboard on the port side of the existing exit from forward accommodation and an entrance and serving hatch to starboard. As shown above, the view is look aft onto the foredeck.
Meanwhile deck fittings continue to be cleared in preparation for the new kit store racking and dehumidifier.
With the exception of a small area where the scaffolding sits the whaleback roof is now complete.
All the seams are fully welded, gutters added and a central safety rail for accessing.
The primer coat is next and then the scaffolding will be coming down.
The final few pieces of metal are now being tack welded into place. The next step will be continuously weld each sheet before the painting can begin.
The steel is going on now to form the roof for the whaleback. It is looking good and will provide a wonderful kit storage area for Trinity.