I miss me too.
Nuf said…… on with the saga! Since it’s been over a month, for anyone who gives a hoot, check out Tiller-orama #1. Plus this might get boring to landlubbers…. so just look at the damn pictures.
As we left off, the wheel and pedestal are “off” and the hydraulic lines were sticking out of the cockpit sole. We (Kostas and I) got the lines “under” the cockpit. Then we tried to disconnect the lines from were they are tee-ed off. That didn’t work so well due to there location. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again….contortionists…. eat your heart out!! We eventually just connected the lines together (meaning the hydraulics are bypassed), refilled the system with ATF and tested to see if we could move the rudder with the emergency tiller. And we can, so that test was done. I’m leaving out how long this took, all the grunting, sweating, swearing and ATF all over the place. But we did have Alex keeping us company and maintaining equilibrium.
So where shall we put the tiller?? Normally it should connect directly on the rudder shaft. But that is at the end of the cockpit sole. Having it there, the tiller would be to short due to the main sheet location. Yada yada yada…. we have concluded to have it coming out of the aft combing. The tiller shaft will be parallel to the rudder shaft connected via stainless bars. (Of course you probably can’t understand what I’m talking about but don’t worry, future posts will make it clearer). Pictured is a mop stick and folded paper in place for measuring purposes.
I told you landlubbers this was going to be boring!
So, the measurement have been taken and tomorrow morning I’m hitting Piraeus with Kostas to source out the materials.
Other stuff going on was that my secondary aluminum water tank was clogged with salt (?) and stuff so I had to take care of that via its inspection port. There is always something to do on a boat. As my friend Horacio from Zen to Zero has said “We either have our heads in a boat or a boat in our heads. What a life.“!
Capt. “contortionist” Pete
ps….. ATF is is fine oil which has been spilling all over mother nature. My hands have never been so soft. No need for Palmolive!
pss…. a sneak preview on the tranny-orama…. We found a factory rebuilt ZF 25M for 900 euros. It’s “drop” is 4cm less that the TMP 12cm which means the engine has to be lowered, new bell house plate…..hmmm…. we’ll see. Tomorrow we might check out another Perkins w/tranny. ‘Use the tranny and keep the Perkins for parts??