January 2012: Steering and Lazarette


    Here's an overview of the steering system on Lucia. Or a "sneak peek" really. The rudder stock has a square machined into it about which two quadrants are mounted. One is driven in the standard method, two turning blocks under the pedestal to directional blocks on either side of the quadrant. The pilothouse steering is even simpler, blocks lead the cables from the remote station and one lines up with it's quadrant directly while the other is routed to a turning block where it makes a 180 and comes back to the quadrant.


    Remote steeting station with propane heater removed. The hole was for a compass which gimballed on the wrong axis. I guess we could make it into a cupholder...


    Ahoy matey! Removing cockpit hardware so we can get at these pesky teak strips in due time.


    After removing all the crap from this lazarette, here is a much better photo of what is going on. It's a better picture of the rust too. But the best is yet to come.


    Whew! When we did our initial inspection I had thought this bracket was made of plywood and that I was looking at the delaminsted veneers. Nope, cold rolled mild steel. A good example of sheet corrosion of a face centered cubic structure. No saving this one, off to the fabricator...




    Meanwhile, back at the hall of justice, Kevin and Rachel were scrubbing furiously on the nasty cockpit.


    Steering block bracket. From here we'll bolt all the holes to something wooden and then somehow connect all the wood into a pattern and use it to weld up a new one that has the same relative hole locations.


    The wheels are bronze but the cheeks are mild steel. Fabulous. This one doesn't look like it has rotated in many years. Fortunately the sheave is made of bronze and can take the abuse of a stainless cable sliding back and forth for years.


    Back out to the mast storage yards to make a two-mast taco. We scrubbed them up and wrapped them in swaddling blue tarps. We'll be back in the spring.