Friday, February 06, 2009

Cutting lead again

Yesterday we cut nearly 1800 lbs of lead and loaded it into the back of my truck.
Actually my good friend Martin Dudley who has a tree trimming business here cut the lead this time with one of his chainsaws. IMG_8118sm

He also has purchased and refurbished a Carriacou Sloop down in the Grenadines. His will be here in time for the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta this year.
Anyway, if you follow this blog regularly then you will have seen this video of our second boat being built which was shot back in the summer.

It's still slowly being built and we are getting the lead ballast ready for her at the moment. We will have to sail the lead down to Carriacou soon. Off to cut and collect some more lead now from the 23 ton keel we have been salvaging.


Luis Portugal said...

It has a nice blog.
Sorry not write more, but my English is bad writing.
A hug from my country, Portugal

Anonymous said...

Given the toxicity of lead, how do you safely cut, or salvage the stuff?

365 said...

not easily. we cut it in an open air field which has plenty of breeze which helps. we all wear clothes from head to toe including gloves, dust masks and eye protection too. I can't imagine it's that good for you either way, but it's a dirty job that needs to be done. So far none of us have had any short term symptoms of lead poisoning. Check me in 15 years.

Anonymous said...

amazing story...she will be a beauty sailing side by side with Nomad..