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Final Wire Pull:  A couple of weeks ago Roger and I got together to pull the wires from the keel area.  Before Roger arrived I made some braces to reinforce the cradle.  This was done so that we would be able get on top of the hull with full confidence that the cradle wouldn't collapse.

The scrap wood braces ready for installation.

Roger attaches the 2X4 to the cradle to create a flush mount for the plywood overlay. The plywood overlay is attached to firm up the cradle.

Roger snips the wires on the top of the hull in preparation for the wire pull.

Using the same technique as before, the wire pull is completed.

A friend from "Down Under", Trevor Noy, himself an expert boat builder, wrote and gave this advice on wire pulling:  "Another great way of heating up wire and probably a lot safer than a battery is to use an arc welder.  Simply hook up the electrode holder on one end and the earth clamp on the other. As they are designed to "short circuit" it shouldn't hurt the machine. This was a quick way of heating up ten gauge wire so we could burn identification numbers into timber pallets on which we stored different gauges of metal sheets in the sheet metal factory."

The hull is now completely free of all wires and is ready for the keel installation. 

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