Hawsepipes

Discussion in 'Metal Boat Building' started by RayThackeray, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. RayThackeray
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    "I say I say I say - I have 8 inch hawseholes."
    "Crikey - those girls are going to have to be thin to get through then."

    After a ridiculous long time of hard work using a torch to cut thickly framed box gunwales, jostle the pipe into position, burnt eyebrows and jammed fingers, trying to adjust so that the pipes look symmetrical, cutting the holes too bloody big no matter how careful I was and filling with bits of steel, enduring endless annoying people coming by and telling me I was insane, fabricating 1/2 inch rim plates and bending them around the conical bows, innumerable curses, I'm finally down to fill welding and finish grinding to get a nice smooth rim.

    I just test fitted the anchor by pulling the 100lb bugger up by rope (a tug-of-war with a friend) and was surprised at how easily if popped through - I was expecting some major jiggery-pokery - here it is. Clearly I'll need to weld on some stainless steel plates for the flukes and stock, but it turned out better than I'd come to expect...
     

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  2. Milehog
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    Milehog Clever Quip

    Hawsepipes are a most civilized place to carry ones anchors. Well done, sir.
     
  3. Submarine Tom

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    Damn that's ugly!

    Congratulations!

    Nothing a little paint wont transform into a functional thing of beauty.

    Well done.

    -Tom
     
  4. The Loftsman
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    The Loftsman The Loftsman

    Hi,
    If you had developed them out then they would have fitted perfect and been symetrical as well.
     
  5. murdomack
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    murdomack New Member

    Not "they would" but "they should". :eek:
     
  6. RayThackeray
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    Absolutely right, mate. We had the ovals mapped out perfectly (so we thought) but I'm buggered if they worked right. Even after doing starboard side, the port side should have been a doddle, just transfer the hole right? Bloody WRONG. Oh well, it's steel, gaps were filled...

     
  7. The Loftsman
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    The Loftsman The Loftsman

    Should-Would or Wooden

    Ha,ha,
    One of them days I will get the hang of yon English

    All corrections welcome.

    Cheers



     

  8. The Loftsman
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    The Loftsman The Loftsman

    Hawespipes

    Hi Ray,
    Dont feel bad about it, its just a learning curve and hawespipes can be one of the most complex to get right, another one of the parts of a steel boat that seems like it should not be too difficult to do eh!
    The welders would be only to happy to fill the gap, and with a wee bit of paint it will look fine.

    Cheers



     
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