I have now just started to make a new Tiller bar
And yes you may have guessed ! It will be again a solid
GRP one with a firm grip rubber handle..I will
be using self amalgamation tape as the grip
For two reasons One its rubber so a good grip and two it can
be renewed as required..
And as for a colour Tangerine Orange ..
Why not ???No I am thinking just plain white.....
Here a a couple of images of the mast box
The box will be holding the two boat horns and
all the deck plugs for the mast electrics.
and of course the mast base . Just a bit more work to do to
it. like a removable back and it will be ready for sanding and
And fitting to the cabin top...Made thick and heavy and will for sure
take the weight of the mast Plus the stress and strains placed at the
base of the mast..
I made the mast box because I have raised the cockpit
flooring to make the floor waterproof and all and any water
will run down side channels and out of scuppers.
And also to allow a height of 24 inches for an
That then ment the mast boom was very low approx the middle
of one's head. So everything had to be lifted
Of course that will now have a few more implications like
chain plates and all the rigging....
But the good news for me is the furling fore sail will be a little
higher from the dack That was I should have a clear vision forwards at
Made a timber plate and fitted it to one side of the now
split rear pushpit's. Now fiber glassed this will when
painted will hold the tender ( inflatable dinghy) Engine when it
is not being used on the tender..
The painting works are now starting to mount up now so
hopefully next month April 2013 I may be able to start paint
I have just had two rear bollards made quite high for a few
reasons like to clear the lids for the fuel and gas storage box lids..
Again all 316 marine grade Stainless Steel with Stainless
steel nuts and bolts and very large spacer washers..
Very pleased with them .yes it looks like everything is at
long last starting to come together....
I have got a few odds and ends and now have enough bits to
fit and make a full set of sail / boom lazy jacks All I need
the cordage or small diameter rope.
But again this is all a diy project... I may not even get to use this system yet. Note : Never used this system..
Did a bit more to the internal cabin steps they now have a
non slip surface appiled to both steps. Just screwed on so I can change them if they wear down..
The above three images show the engine I intend to use.
It is a Kubota 3 cylinder diesel engine. 20HP. It used to run a water
pump but was little used and is in good order with high compression in
all of the cylinders.
Adapter plates will have to be made to the flywheel for the
Think I have found a removable plate to the side of the engine that i
can convert a jabsco pump and that will fit to the engine rather than
another fan belt.
Another adapter plate from the engine to a gear
box will have to be made.
The gear box I am going to use is a box from a
Can you belive my luck A flywheel conversion plate has been made and
the gear box fits the engine without any additional plates required..
So not so much technical work now need doing before the
engine will be anywhere near ready to fit.
Here is the Heat exchanger I will be using for the engine
It was in the past used as a heat exchanger for a koi fish
In 316 marine stainless steel it is as good as made for
Having said that again I may change my mind depends what I can find in the meanwhile.