I managed to visit the project again. It had been ‘a while’. I’ve put a final layer of carbon on the rudderblade. The laminate is now a little thicker than designed but the total weight of the rudder is still very low for its size. Next steps are fairing and aligning/fitting the stainless steel bearing sleeves (scary).
Also managed to laminate a tiller and put some hardware on the boom.
And last but not least I did a first test with the second hand laminating machine that I bought online months ago sight unseen. The foot switch does not seem to work but I could nonetheless test the motor. It runs. Still needs a few parts and cleaning though.
As a result of the (soft) Corona lockdown I don’t have access to most of my materials and tools. I don’t have serious tools at home unfortunately …
But I could think about installing hardware on the boom. I bought some simple stainless saddles from Wichard Marine and made backing plates to support them.
My goal is to keep most control systems in the boom itself. I don’t feel the need to guide all control lines to the cockpit. Another goal is to work with pulley systems (maybe using low friction rings?) instead of winches.
The sketch below will help me remember the setup but is far from final.
I also made another ventilator with some leftover carbon and epoxy. It’s strong (I can stand on it!) but light. Still have to drill the ventilation holes and trim the flange.
I bumped into the ventilators I made earlier and put some filler on them.
I’ve just started preparing the (round) stainless steel bearing sleeves for the (rectangular) carbon rudder stock.
And I found this 30+ years old photo of my first boat building project in my parent’s backyard. I remember coating all plywood panels on both sides with (white pigmented) epoxy before cutting them. That turned out to be a good idea because I was building outside in a rainy Dutch summer. But I also vividly remember the prices for Bruynzeel Marine Plywood and epoxy ….
Sleeves and bearings for the carbon rudder stock are ready. They are BIG.
This was the third season after the refit for the Jeanneau.
It needed cleaning. The Kiwigrip looked like a garden. I also found several crab legs, confirming my suspicion that birds really like having dinner on my deck.
This one looked guilty:
The boat stays in the water so I couldn’t clean under the waterline. I don’t want to know how that looks after three years.
After cleaning I put 10 litres of diesel in the tank.