3556Hrs – Another Day Another Storm
It’s getting a tad monotonous now. I’m working during the best parts of the day and yet the lack of sunlight makes it feel like evening all day. More torrential rain, more severe flood warnings, and the wind picking up to gale force again as I type.
I’m being bloody minded though, I’m using the weather as a motivator, I’m building towards a permanent escape and it keeps me going.
Main job today has been to get started on the tillers. As per usual I took some time to study the plans, play around with bits of scrap, and get things clear in my head before I started.
The tillers have quite a curve in them but as I’m using the same Ash as I used for the gaffs and I’m using the same technique for bending i.e. a jig with clamping blocks, I was more relaxed about the job.
The tillers have a slot in them which drops over the top of the rudder head and, by virtue of an angled block and semi-circular cutout, lock into place. The clever bit is that when raised slightly and pushed aft the tiller can easily be lifted off the rudder. It’s a clever and simple solution. I’ll take some photos when I have the first tiller finished.
It took a bit of time to cut the hardwood spacer blocks from scrap and then cut them to the right sizes and shapes, but all fairly straightforward.
I got tiller #1 glued up and another coat of white on the gaffs before I ran for home.