In a previous post I declared the rudder stock ready.
Soon after that I put four more layers of carbon on the heavily loaded top half! Sometimes it’s hard to stop. Watching sailboats in heavy weather on YouTube doesn’t help.
Work on the foam rudder blade has started.
Recently I was offered the chance to buy more than 50m2 balsa core (four big boxes). The price was tempting and I just couldn’t resist.
At this moment I don’t know what I will do with it. The design of the boat only specifies foam for hull and deck ….. I am sure I will find a use for it though.
I finished laminating the rudder stock in the living room.
The foam/carbon blade is next. I don’t look forward to doing that at home but the temperature in the shed still isn’t high enough for epoxy work.
Current length: 3 metres.
Current weight: 17 kilograms.
It’s probably a good idea that I used a dust mask for sanding the carbon. See picture of the filter ….
Thinking about ventilation …. This could work (or not).
Months ago I made a wooden core for the carbon rudder stock. I haven’t touched it since then.
The shape is quite complicated because it tries to follow the rudder blade very precisely. That’s good: the idea is to really maximise the thickness (=stiffness) of the rudder stock.
But this strange shape could also complicate laminating the unidirectional carbon fibre. At least for someone like me …
So I decided to make a new core with a very simple shape that allows the UD fibre to run completely straight from top to bottom.
I also laminated three solid (6 mm) carbon spokes that will later be glued to the finished rudder stock.
And I put a fillet around one of the two tables I made last year. White on white, hard to see.
The work on the spokes and the table was done in the livingroom and was supervised by two cats. Too bad most of the work can not be done this way …
The Jeanneau has been winterized. Nothing special. The boat remains in the water, that makes life easier.
I flushed the (raw water cooled) engine with a few litres of coolant and also put some coolant in several though hull valves. I emtpied the water tank and did a bit of cleaning. It still looked good on the inside. I will leave this tank open.
After that I still had some energy so I sanded the carbon tape on the boom of the new project. It was cold in the shed so I soon called it a day.