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Old 11-11-2013, 08:18   #376
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Re: Rudder nightmare at sea

Hi, again, Blue waters,

If you can post all the things you have accomplished while waiting, we'll be happy llittle vegemites to read all of it. I'm particularly interested in the plans for the tow. Keep up the good work.

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Have sent an email to the French rep in France to ask when we can expect delivery. Tomorrow would be the two weeks we were originally promised. Still waiting for an answer.
What????

A boat part not arriving when expected???

I don't understand.....
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:40   #378
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What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger , hang in there buddy .
Thanks friend. We are hanging in there lol. Just got an email response to say that the rep is out of office until 12 November.
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Hi, again, Blue waters,

If you can post all the things you have accomplished while waiting, we'll be happy llittle vegemites to read all of it. I'm particularly interested in the plans for the tow. Keep up the good work.

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Old 11-11-2013, 12:28   #380
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Is it Remembrance Day in France?

Ah yes, Armistice Day, end of WW1.
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Is it Remembrance Day in France?

Ah yes, Armistice Day, end of WW1.
I guess we can give them French a day off.
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Is it Remembrance Day in France?

Ah yes, Armistice Day, end of WW1.


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Re: Rudder nightmare at sea

Received an email from the factory that the rudder will be ready for shipment this Thursday. Strange that the rep says he has "agreed with the factory"to not drill a hole in the shaft in order to "save a day".

No wonder they are not delivering in two weeks as promised. Never thought it would take a whole day to drill one hole. I bet I can drill that hole in less than a day.
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confirm it is being sent by air and not sea freight!
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I bet I can drill that hole in less than a day.
Lol. You may be shocked at how long it takes. What's the shaft made of?
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confirm it is being sent by air and not sea freight!
They told me air freight but I wouldn't be surprised if it came by raft.
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Lol. You may be shocked at how long it takes. What's the shaft made of?
Its a composite/firbreglass/resin.
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Its a composite/firbreglass/resin.
oh boy here we go again. Maybe you should have them send an extra one so there will be no waiting afre the next failure?
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oh boy here we go again. Maybe you should have them send an extra one so there will be no waiting afre the next failure?
Next failure? I hope not, we've had enough for the moment thanks.
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Our problem now is to get a new rudder ordered and fitted. With a deep draft we have no option but to be towed again to Le Marin in the South of Martinique. That we have managed to put in place and another 6-7 hours tow awaits us.

I don't know the geometry of your vessel but on our Camper Nicholson 58 the rudder post exits the hull above water. If your bearing is near the water line or even below, weight the bow to elevate the through-hull. Our mizzen boom has a means to drop a block through the emergency tilller port on deck and we can hook onto the lift eye on the top of the rudder post. The short of it is we can drop & change our rudder in the water. Still, not easy and a dive would be necessary.

Years ago we lost the spade rudder off a Heritage One-Ton during a race. 4-1/2 inch diameter SS post snapped. No sailing as you noted in your post
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