|No rudder is
complete without a fancy mount in which to insert the
bearing.The bearing isn't thick enough to reach the
flange so a spacer will be made to stop the rudder from
jumping up and down.
This will also allow clearance to ease removal of the rudder for bearing replacement.
|I rescued Gena from the
dispair of piecing it together with flatbar with my
infinite expertise and wisdom in such curved matters! In
other words I sliced off a chunk of curved flatbar.
She happily welded it into place, so I cut off another.
The result is the cool teardrop shape in the top photo that nobody will ever see unless they're swimming by underwater. Point is, we'll know it's there and that's good enough.
The "shoe" mount
|The task that kept me busy
otherwise was finding a place to mount the vain for the
auto-helm. This wasn't really a problem before we built
the radar arch, but once we saw how high the vain could
reach it became one.
First the plate will be mounted part way down the transom as the height is already enough at that point. Then Gena will cut down the vain's tube a bit to further lower it. We hope this doesn't mess up the aerodynamics of it somehow. They are finnicky things from what we have heard. Case in point:
The rudder must be mounted in a way that the little tangs that connect the control cable aren't in the water while under way, or oscillation may occur. We don't even know where the water will be aft of the transom while under way (different from the actual waterline ) so guesswork and availabilty of some adjustment will be the only way.
Here's the vain mounting plate.
forgot! Cables coming down from the radar arch
"must" be fed inside the pipe into the boat.
Problem was, I forgot to cut holes for them to feed
through the deck. Origionally I wanted to put a lip in
there but this would severely cut down on the size of the
hole so a good sealant and gasket will have to suffice.
The rudder is still very easy to turn. Wew! A sigh of relief.
5 hours-finished the rudder shoe, cut and drilled plate for autohelm, cut holes for cable from arch