The inspection plates for the centre-board case and bulkhead 1 are installed. The rudder hinge is completed. The tiller can be moved fully to either side, until touching the back rests. The tiller remains clear of the transom at full deflection. I made the second of the ballast boxes.
The photo shows the shrouds made from 4mm Dyneema SK 75. I spliced an eye in each end. The splices are of the self-locking Brummel kind, because Dyneema is extremely slippery (a 'long-burial' splice won't hold). The ends will attach to the pad-eyes (mast head) and to the steel rings with a 'cow-hitch' (think luggage-tags). … Continue reading Synthetic shrouds
The local engineering company had a ~1m length of 12mm rod of SS (316) in their stash, which suits perfectly as part of the rudder-hinge-pin-assembly. Cutting 100mm off with the angle grinder was easy. Drilling two holes (4mm) for the split rings with a hand held power drill was, shall we say, an 'interesting' thing … Continue reading Rudder hinge
As ballast in the bilge I would have liked bags of shot, but I can't get hold of any recycled pellets at a reasonable price. As the previous lead casting exercise was very successful, I have decided to built four containers to cast lead into. Each of the boxes will hold about 25kg when half … Continue reading Ballast box
The last areas of the cabin have their first coat of primer, after masking off all the cleats and carlins. I might finish the cabin roof bright, but I am not sure. I also taped the inside doubler around the companion way, which will be varnished on the in- and outside.
The runners for the sea-hood slide are installed, and the slide moves without binding. I was still not happy with the location of the battery. The boat will have minimal electrics, i.e. running lights, anchor light and some cabin light (all LEDs < 2W each). The lot has a combined power consumption of less than … Continue reading Sea-hood, storage floor
I have glued a small slotted hardwood block into the top of the centreboard box. At the end of the slot is a shallow countersunk area for a knot in the pendant to sit in. This knot is just far enough from the top of the centreboard to slip the knot into position. Once in … Continue reading Centreboard lift