Scott, after putting on the first coat of macropoxy 646; a paint that will protect sub from salt water. Two coats of it will cover the hull followed by one coats of high solids polyurethane.
After hours of blasting the inner hull with fine grit coalslag, the inside is completely stripped of it’s fiberglass coating. Now, on goes the work of stripping the the remaining fiberglass from the outside.
Scott is buried somewhere under that nasty cloud of coal slag dust blasting away. It’s a hot, sweaty, dirty, gritty job but that never stopped Scott. Off comes the last remainder of the old coating, and what’s left will be beautiful pristine clean HY100 steel.
It was a long and hot job during a sweltering Kansas summer , but all of the fiberglass and epoxy have been removed from the personnel sphere. We have built a containment booth around the sphere, and she is ready to be sandblasted.
This is a cool old drawing of the original Pisces design. When the team finishes with Pisces there will be substantial upgrades in technology, however the basics will remain the same. There are only so many ways to engineer a vehicle that can explore the deep ocean. When you have a good design, you stick with[…]
SALINA, Kan. – A Kansas man is rebuilding a deep-sea submarine. He said when it’s finished it will be the deepest diving sub owned by a private individual. Scott Waters from Salina purchased a Pisces VI submarine from storage and had it shipped to the middle of the country, where he lives. “I was in[…]
The teardown team poses for a picture after a week of hard work tearing Pisces down.
All connections to the main chassis are severed except for one bolt. the next step is to lift the 7000 pound HY100 sphere into it’s temporary steel frame.
You can really start to see the component parts of Pisces now.
The teardown crew flies the variable ballast tanks off Pisces…CAREFULLY!