I wanted to install the center board uphaul blocks and cleat before things got difficult to reach. I also wanted to clearly see where to screw the components with respect to the CB blocking. Using a 1/2″ forsner bit, I drilled a hole on a slight angle so that lake water will drain back into the CB case. I was careful to avoid all existing screws. Dave (building #243) recommended this little tool to flare the end of the copper tubing. It worked like a champ.Test fitting for length. This forward end will be flared with a plumb bob. You can almost see the forward flare on the tubing. The screws for the fairlead need to straddle the copper tubing and miss the ends of the turn block screws.
Next up, sanding and painting the seat longitudinals and sole rain gutter.