Weather and Drilling Holes (Drill for Windlass Install)

There is some sort of natural law that says when you get out the gear and start to drill holes in your foredeck that the weather will go sour. I hope that people don’t blame me for all the bad weather lately. I am in the process of installing my windlass.

Drill structural mount holes. Check basic fit. Cast initial pads. Overdrill. Epoxy fill. redrill. Check fit. Drill additional holes for chain, and power cables. Realize that the plug for the remote control pendant can be mounted inside the v-birth and the pendant can be snaked out of the fore hatch and be in the right place. One less set of holes to drill, fill, redrill, five for the through hull of the pendant.

Yesterday the wind kicked up the river so that it was too bumpy to work, even at the dock. We are not sheltered here. I miss having a dockyard within walking distance.

Time to pull on the epoxy stained clothes, bring the boat in, and drill some more holes. Reminding myself all the time that this is the next to the last “drill a lot of holes” project. Have to remember to ask for help on the next one. That one big hole near the stern….