3568Hrs – Tiller #2
The tide seemed to be running against me today, unlike yesterday the sun stayed hidden, the rain started falling again and the air felt still and heavy.
I felt low on energy, my brain and body would only work at half speed and I made hard work of everything.
I wanted to make progress though as the paid work postponed from last week has been scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday so my boatbuilding will be put on hold for a few days.
The main thing I wanted to do was to get the second tiller glued up so that it could have time to cure while I’m elsewhere. The first one came off the jig with no problems and after a bit of a clean up with plane and sander I was able to test fit it to the starboard rudder.
I could see straightaway that I’m going to be spending some time adjusting and modifying things to get the tillers and tillerbar to operate as they should. I already knew that the dinghy position on the stern ramp would need changing to give enough swinging clearance but it looks as if the aft platform might also foul things up a bit.
I’ll see what’s what when I have all the bits together.
Once I had tiller #2 all glued up and clamped I tatted at a few simple jobs that wouldn’t tax me too much. I fitted the washers and split pins to the gaff fittings and the two wooden handles I bought at the boat jumble yesterday to the forward hatches.