I'm LONG overdue to post to this thread. So to start, here's most of the message sent to my packmates the other night:
The yard foreman of the Porteous Boat Company is pleased to announce that
facility upgrades and reorganizations are now complete and work has commenced on
PCU-257—at least to the extent that all major parts have now been received,
removed from shipping containers, set out, organized and inventoried. Admittedly
an inauspicious start to this new construction program, but a start just the
same. Plans are now being made to officially lay PCU-257's keel next week.
Some refit work also commenced on SS-581, specifically the ongoing chasing of
electrical shorts in her still-temperamental lighting system, while plans were
also being laid out for further refit work on SSRN Seaview
recipients of this communique that the Porteous Boat Company remains a
full-service facility with construction and repair ties to submersible craft of
both the distant AND recent past, and to the "future" of submarining as well.
Note: My first Gato/Harder build decision is to replace the kit's styrene hull positioning pins with segments of brass rod. They'll definitely be stronger, and providing even a little more initial weight along the keel can't help but be a good thing.
P.S. Oh, and check out this image Kisler just sent to celebrate the reopening of my Yards. I'll get 'im for this!
Sure writing is easy: just sit staring at a blank page until the drops of blood start forming on your forehead.