Hauling plates (renewal)
Initially we thought the hauling plates could be cleaned up and repainted. Following needle scaling and shot blasting it was clear that the corrosion of the plates and rivets was so bad that the lot needed replacing, when painted they looked even worse, they had to go. We forged new plates, made riveting tools and fabricated a new shoe (all galvanized). We all really enjoyed this job as it was a challenge and we purchased our own forge and some blacksmiths tools that we used for making new floors and keel bolts later as well as this job.