Yup, we’re back and the -orama goes on… slowly.
Boring to landlubbers, this past weekend was time for a dry fit since the major components are at hand. Which means it was time to start hacking away on my cockpit combing. First centering and marking. No looking back… the hack begins. First the iroko. OUCH!
And after some filing, the new shaft slides in… sexy! (naughty by nature)
Pretty much what has to be done now is square (diamond) off the top of the new shaft, have it raised and secured to the lazarette floor, and acquire the tiller to shaft whatchamacallit. (I still haven’t figured out where the hydraulics bypass valve is going to live.)
(Spare me, please)
This coming weekend, I’m working till late Saturday. Sunday is looking windy, cold and crappy. I kinda doubt the tranny will be ready, nor the tillers’ loose ends….. perfect weather to start sanding the old antifoul paint off the hull, which I despise religiously (not the sanding, the pains in my shoulder!).
ps….It’s a balmy 22degC today, but Sunday is forecast for something stupid, like 5C. Still though… Spring is in the air!
pss….. I remember when I moved back to Greece almost 25 years ago, It used to drive me nuts how long it took thing to get done comparatively. It still does!!!!