C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

prototype cross piece completed

Above is the prototype gallows cross member.  I used different designs for the right and left sides so that Anne and I will be able to choose our favorite design.  I'm leaning to the right side due to both aesthetics and structural integrity  The finished produce with have three notches across the top for the boom.  I am afraid that removing additional material from the left side will weaken to cross brace.  This prototype is 1/4" thinner than the finished piece, but I still have my doubts about the design on the left side. 

Next steps are to drop this piece off at the metal shop, begin work on the wooden bases, and build up the deck to accept the base of the gallows.

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