DUDLEY DIX YACHT DESIGN

Pratique 35 steel kit sailboat project of Peter Weston

Page 11 - Sundry Metalwork

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Tabs welded to stringers for bulkhead attachment.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Coser view of bulkhead tabs. They slot over the stringers and are fully welded so that they cannot overturn or break free under load.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Mooring bollards being fabricated from steel tube and solid bar.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Bulwark attachment plates, with stanchion bases and chainplates being welded on.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Cutting base plates for cockpit winches, using a home-made circle-cutting attachment bolted to the cutting torch.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Winch base plate ready for cleaning and drilling bolt holes.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Checking for proper fit of winch and base. The base will be welded to the cockpit coaming.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Mooring fairleads are formed through the bulwark attachment plates. Here the fairlead opening is being rounded to minimise rope chafe.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Hatch frames being welded up from angle and/or flat bar.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Hatch frame ready for welding to deck. The deck opening will be enlarged to fit the frame. The hatch will be bolted down on the frame.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Hatch opening completed and primed.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Flanges for seacocks. The one flange is welded to the hull skin. The seacock, screwed to a threaded tube, is bolted to the other flange. This allows the seacock to be unbolted for servicing.

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