Sunday, March 6, 2011

What to do with Dive Tanks on the Boat

Those pesky dive tanks are never easily stowed on a sailing vessel and so I decided to have a suitable bracket made up. This one clamps to the lower railing near the stern and secures both bottles with velcro. I used a couple of Bimini clamps and had them welded to the  stainless bracket made from scraps of ss left over in the workshop. All welding done with a TIG welder and I did my best to polish the stainless. I'm still learning on that aspect. Neat and tidy.  Cost $0.00 but 8hrs of labor. Many thanks to Tim for his help

Stove Top Recondition

This attempt at controlling the rust was unsuccessful. I have left the post here as an example of how the things we do, don't always go to plan. A newer post tells of how I have now chromed the stove tops to see if that will keep the rust at bay.
The stove top plates on our Force 10 stove, has, over the years become rusty and leaves the rust on top of the stainless stove. Unable to get replacements, I ground all remaining paint off and buffed the rust off; then using  a paint designed for heat (fire boxes and chimneys ) I repainted the plates and then following the instructions, baked the item for an hour at 250 degrees C. This will initially give off fumes. Best done in an old oven outside or the BBQ. It seems after a couple of months use, it has worked; and I have a spare can in case we need to readdress the issue in a year or so