Yes, I am having a lot of fun, and doing it cheap
close to home!
I called and priced the 10 foot aluminum
yard. It is 60$ plus truck shipping
because it is 10 foot. They recommend sleeving the original or replacing it with a 10 foot piece of 1/2 inch conduit instead. I have to drill some holes and I and going to fill all of the tubes with expanding foam to make them a little stiffer. It broke at the top hole for the halyard
attachment point. I considered making an aluminum
sleeve and then using the alumiweld sticks to basically braize in back together. Then using a slot in the sleeve to hold the halyard
tied around the spar. There is evidence of several different bends having happened in the 6 inches or so on each side of the original attachment mounting holes. That is in medium wall 3/4 inch aluminum. The half inch galvanised is a bit heavier, and would not do if wet for long periods. Filled with the foam, the conduit will likely be a little bit stiffer, Since it broke at an attachment screw hole, I may use a sleeve on it to spread the stress up and down the spar a little bit. Luckily, the lathe is 30 feet away! The conduit was $1.39. The 3/4 size is $3.3x. Fixing it is pretty much just an annoyance at those prices!
Many things to work on. I will start another thread with my Snark questions, since we are getting away from the original topic!
Thanks for the feedback!
I put an 18 inch board across the top of the one leeboard to see if that fixes the dragging back problem. If it does, I will sharpen both edges and swap it side to side for the next test run. After the Saturday run with the Snark hull
, I am positive that the little bass boat points up better than it does.
I am using on the little boat is off a Y-flyer hull
. It is several times too large. I need to play to see how the boat does with a smaller rudder
once I get everything else figured out.
Anyway, I am rambling again. Have a nice day!