One of the centerpiece signs of our Trinidad project is a good sized sailing ship. Because each piece has to fit in sea cans for transport we are limited to seven foot six height and the same width (by forty feet long). The answer was to build the ship in sections. The biggest piece of the ship is now complete. We pulled it out of the giant MAGIC DOORS yesterday. It was a bit of a challenge as the ship weighed in at an estimated 10 -12,000 lbs.
Plan A was to build it on heavy duty castors and simply push it out. Unfortunately the castors failed in a spectacular fashion. Plan B was to replace the castors with heavier duty castors but these too failed before the ship was out of the door. Plan C was to jack the ship up, remove the castors and lower it onto old fashioned pipes which would act s rollers. It worked well. Our little tractor provided the pulling power and slow and easy was the order of the day. It came out without a scratch. From here a giant crane will do the heavy lifting. It will be lifted into an open top sea can in a week or two and then sent off to Trinidad. We now have enough features and signs completed to fill three containers with fourteen containers the total.
Thanks all. You can be sure that I'll be down in Trinidad when the pieces are lifted back out of the containers and set in their permanent homes. There will be just as much care taken too as we really don't want to do a lot of repair.
Ray's comment sums up the feeling in our shop. We do our best to make sure every creation we make tops the last one - no matter what the scale. Peter and I lead a fabulous and fun team that does that very thing every single day.
Here's the gruffle tikis just finished this morning...
[ October 23, 2014, 12:25 PM: Message edited by: Dan Sawatzky ]
This ship will act as the runway for the tenth hole of a mini golf. A six foot gangway will connect the ship to the dock on each side. Carpet will be laid on the gangways and through the ship to a cave on one side . The green for the hole will be in the cave. With a treasure chest of course.
We are building two other ships as well. The second will be situated in a splash pool and be safe for younger kids to interact with. The third ship will be a shipwreck with the pirate train going through the centre of the two halves of the broken ship. Golfers will interact with the stern portion of the ship.