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Monday, 26 November 2018

Raising the Roof.

Not much to report, other than the fact that I've made a lifting post to go under the roof a couple of weeks ago with the intention of gradually raising the cabin roof to it's original height hopefully in time to fit a new mast beam in the spring.

The roof has spent the last year or more sagging, so it will take a few months to gradually raise it without cracking the GRP.

The post is 2 x 2 with a threaded rod inset in a hole drilled in the end. Pads on the floor and the roof and a washer at the end of the post for a nut to push onto. Turn the nut and the threaded rod extends out of the end of the post like a DIY acro-prop. 3 quid for the wood from B&Q and threaded rod, washers and nuts out of the scrap box.

I've been on board twice. First to install the post and then again this weekend to raise the roof a bit more. Basically extending the rod until I get a fair bit of resistance against the screw. I don't want to go at it like a bull in a china shop and push the deck and cabin top from the hull.

So far I've raised the roof about 1.5 inches. Slow but steady.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Mark, just catching up with your blog and have a couple of questions. How can you tell that the roof is starting to sag? I know it can be a problem with Sea Wychs, I've see one with a very nice prop installed which has a table around it that slides down to form part of the fore berth. Also do you have a way to lower and raise the mast on your own?

    Cheers, Alan. (Sea Wych in Fareham)

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