Body Of Work
The new pod enclosures have been a real treat these last few days and any slight doubts I had about their worth have been blown away by the strong wind and hailstorms we’ve been through recently.
Despite the weather the sheltered deck pod has allowed me to carry on with work on ‘Lewis’ and I’ve now pretty much completed the major part of the build. This afternoon I was able to slot the assembled body into the deck socket and start thinking about how I run the tiller lines. On the plans there are foldable ‘legs’ attached to each side of the vane trunk but I’ve not fitted them yet as I may come up with an alternative that makes them redundant.
Below is a photo of the trunk in place. The vane attaches to the small upright section at the top which is hinged horizontally, when the vane deflects it acts on the vertical black carbon fibre rod which in turn moves the bottom pivot. The threaded bar you can see will be attached to the pendulum and when the pivit moves the bar will turn the pendulum at an angle to the water flow causing the whole body of the gear to swing in the deck socket. It’s this swinging motion that creates pull on the tiller lines. Hopefully the pictures will help that all make sense.