Everyday I visit I.F. Mariner at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op, there is something new happening.  The shipwrights are working quickly to complete the project in time for summer fishing season.  This week they skinned the dry hold in preparation for fiberglass.  Two large areas of scrap metal being used as ballast, were removed to create more space in what will be the fish hold.  Yesterday morning, 2500 pounds of metal was removed with more being retrieved by a hard working crew.  The engine room entrance was opened up to allow for the removal of the old generator.

I.F. Mariner dry hold being prepared for plywood layer at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

I.F. Mariner’s dry hold being prepared for plywood installation on sides and top.  Behind the ladder, on the left and right, you can see the metal scrap storage that was used for ballast.  This was soon removed to create more space for the hold.

I.F. Mariner skinned and ready for fiberglass. The engine room entrance expanded to allow for removal of the old generator.

I.F. Mariner’s dry hold top and sides are skinned and ready for fiberglass. The engine room entrance was opened up to allow for removal of the old generator.

Cliff Wiley finishes skinning the hold in preparation for fiberglass.

Cliff Wiley finishes skinning the hold in preparation for fiberglass.

The scrap metal ballast being removed from the hold to create more space.

Scrap metal ballast was removed from the hold to create more space.