Kudos in spades, diamonds, clubs and hearts!
I've a particularly keen reason to be interested, but I won't labour that here, just to say it's truly inspirational, the evident quality and beauty of your work.
I'm planning a tabernacle with high hinge point, too... and anodes with no hull
penetration (I wasn't planning on having them stand so far off the hull
, though .. is that to get a longer tapped hole?)
And I've just been looking at some photos of a legendary metal (steel) schooner, the Damien II, which blazed the trail for expedition yachts to the Antarctic Peninsula.
When I first met them, they'd just extended the foremast to make it the same height as the main, at the same time adding six feet to the length, and a bowsprit
, and most of their trips south were still in the future....
I've just said goodbye to one of the family
who was two years old back then.
Now he has his own (metal) cutter
, which was a ketch
when he purchased it.
He showed me photos of the Damien II in her latest incarnation: she is now also a single
The mast is no longer than the previous two were, and there's no perceptible reduction in speed.....
Please keep posting
as long as you have photos, and the time. Thanks for taking the trouble !
PS: Have you given any thought to adding a non-touching lug under the steering
wire, near the quadrant, but fixed in the frame of reference of the boat, to prevent the wire sagging, if for any reason it became slack enough to miss the rendezvous with the score around the quadrant?
I was once on a superbly engineered boat where this was an uncharacteristic omission. A bearing collapsed unexpectedly in a sheave elsewhere in the system, which would not have been a biggie, except that the wire derailed as a result.
I can think of a few other failure modes where a wire catcher could also be handy... eg sometimes a massive overload can cause the core
of flexible wire to collapse and the 'helix angle' to reduce, which presents as a stretched cable (the sort of overload you might get if the rudder
were to touch bottom when hard over, dragging ... yes I know gentlemen never drag, but you can never be sure of anything ... )
Anyway, just a thought, and you may well have it covered already ... or the system may be so overstrength (or the turning sheaves close enough) that it's not a realistic possibility