"I have enclosed some pictures of my Imara with some ideas which might interest some of your customers.
I have mounted the complete steam plant on a 3mm thick Aluminium plate which can be removed from the boat intact, this after unscrewing the universal joints from the propeller shafts and removing 6 x M4 countersunk screws. This plate is mounted on a 20mm thick plywood frame that is epoxyed into the hull at a very early stage in the building. This is not only a tremendous reinforcement for the hull but provides a sealed compartment for organising and stowing the ballast.
Under the mast is a 10 mm internal diameter aluminium tube that is epoxyed between the deck and the keel. About 20mm under the deck is a 4mm hole through the tube. A pin is placed in this hole ( I turned one up out of 4mm spring steel and an aluminium handle) and the mast, protected underneath with an aluminium foot, is placed in the tube resting on the pin and fully rigged in that position. This means that the belaying pin rack must be omitted, or in my case, used farther up the mast as rigging eyes. This allows the mast to be lowered 110 mm simply by removing the pin, and raised again simply by lifting it until the rigging is taught and then replacing the pin. In the lowered state it is the same height as the funnel. This means that my transport case is not unnecessarily high.
As you may have noticed from the pictures I have planked the complete deck in 6mm x 2mm beech planks, I know you will say it is not true to scale, but it is virtually indestructible, weatherproof, and I always do it to my boats.
I hope this is of interest, and I thank you again, not just for a superb model but for your excellent after-sales service."
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