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Friday, March 28, 2008

More Heavy Metal

It has been a while, but you may recall we have been working on a rudder. We have been waiting for the final, and most expensive piece of the rudder frame, the upper rudder stock. Well, we finally picked up that piece from the (very busy) machine shop. It is about 3 feet of 2 1/2 diameter Aquamet 22 stainless steel shafting. Tapered on one end to fit the 60mm rudder bearing and bored on the top end to recieve an emergency tiller fitting. The pictures here show the "dry fit" of the other pieces before we send it off to get welded next week. Once welded together the rudder frame will give a starting point for assembling the steering mechanism, of which I have a few more engineering details to work out.
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