Originally Posted by Tessellate
Wow that thing is a beast. How is the arm attached to the clamping block? Looks like perhaps it's not attached yet, and is going to be welded on?
Did you have to come up with the design and dimensional drawings or did the machine shop do that? I'm calling some machine shops (in Seattle
area) but a lot of them don't want to work with sailors on a one-off - they have plenty of industrial orders on the 1000+ count scale to keep them busy.
The arm will be welded thoroughly as well as the brace.
I am using a friend of the family
who owns a shop. I'd look into places that do small parts
and such, like a mom&pop type shop. I didn't design anything really, I just told him I needed a tiller arm about 9" from center to center (with holes further and shorter too) and a rudder shaft diameter. I also brought the L&S ram clevis end so he knew what size bolt to use for the tiller attachment. I showed him a diagram I got from PYI so he had an idea.