Winter of 2008-2009 Updates
New Rudder (and tiller);
I loved this project. It required some creative thinking for getting
the profile right. I used thinner strips of wood for the nose section
where the profile changed height more quickly, selection of wood to show
contrast, fiberglass to add strength to the trailing edge and water
proofing. The fiberglass cloth was folded and stuffed into a groove in
the trailing edge which was then clamped closed with a special homemade 4'
long clamp. The clamp was two sheets of 1/2" plywood 2'x4', hinged on
the long side. After applying the resin and glass and more resin, the
trailing end of glass from each side of the rudder were forced into the
grove, wax paper laid on the wet epoxy on the grove, and then the grove
between the slightly opened plywood sheets was put on top of the wax paper.
Each end of the plywood was pulled down slightly to pinch the grove with the
glass closed. The produced a trailing edge less than 1/8" wide.
The Teak trim was replaced with Eucalyptus trim. This
is a decorative piece along grab rails.
The Euc was first saturated with CPES (from the Rot Doctor), then varnished.
CPES is a two part epoxy sealer that penetrates the wood, and hardens.
If you varnish just before it cures (still a bit tacky) the varnish forms a
permanent bond with the CPES and wood and should provide years of service.
Repaint mask on depth gauge display (Done)
Repaint Compass Bracket (Done)
Sails Cleaned, Patched, and Repaired (see
Tell Tails added to Genoa and Mainsails (Linthicum)
Forward Hatch made water tight (half done)
New Port lights (1/4"
Update Schaefer Model #97 Furler. Bought and installed
a new Alado A0 Rolling Furler (www.aladous.com)
See the finished installation on the Misc. page.
Repair/Fill Cracks in the deck/topside gel coat. (Next haul
Re-bed life line stanchions, refurbish life line hardware. (Next haul out
or a slow day when the wind is not blowing).
Profile Keel to NACA0015 or some other appropriate profile
(next haul out). I don't know the exact profile ratio that I'll use
until I've done some more measuring. As an FYI, 0015 is NACA's code
for a 0 skew, 0 offset, and the thickness of widest part is 15% of the chord
length. I have a NACA0015 profile image on the new rudder page.
Refurbish throttle and gear levers (Done).
Installed a new Garmin 440s sounder/chart-plotter.
Also installed a Pyle PLMRKIT52 stereo system. See the
Misc. update page.
Final view before rigging:
Rigging the boom with