It’s the Equinox today, 12 hours of light and 12 hours of night. We can finally start to feel the end of winter and progress on the boat should pick up again.
The current project is the rudder. The challenge with the rudder is to line up the bearings. Precise positioning of welded components is a pain, and parts are heavy.
I ended my day sore, tired and grumpy. All went well until the final weld of the bearings on the rudder side. I had carefully tacked all the bearings more then less to minimize movement. I skipped around conscientiously to even the heating and cooling forces as much as possible. What I had not expected was my pipe to move, at least not enough to mis-align the rotation axle. I’m pretty sure the welds slightly bowed the pipe but i’m not quite sure how I will fix that… Tomorrow will tell.
Later edit: A couple adjustments after a good night of sleep and bearings and pins line up perfectly. Moving on to top of the post and to the tiller head.