The Beaver Tail
It’s one thing to patch cement, it’s another to put back together the steering mechanisms. As mentioned, the boat came to us floating in the water, while the rudder was handed to us. Though we were fully prepared for the puncture wound, we weren’t aware of just how bent the beaver tail was, and what it would fully require to bring back to life.
Heck, it was hard enough to make out, so covered in sea-salad it was:
This is just HOW bent out it was:
A little caressing with the pressure washer revealed the truth:
Through careful tweeking, the rudder, held by ropes and come-alongs on either side, was put into position and welded at the top of the rudder shaft. This is an area that gets really technical, and despite numerous attempts on Damon’s part to explain the entire rudder attachment/mechanism to me, it eludes me entirely. This sentiment was reinforced this morning, when Damon was explaining, in man-ese, to a friend who had come along to help, how the steering system was set-up and what he had done to it to ensure the rudder wouldn’t move while it was being towed. While I stood in ignorant awe, our friend nodded and “oh yeah’d” enthusiastically, fully comprehending what, to me, was the sound of Charlie Brown’s teacher. All that to say, I’ll save an opportunity for Damon to write, in man-ese, a detailed post on what seemed like the intensive work he did in this area. Until then, I will leave you with a visual trail and some basic layman’s terms:
It’s amazing how distracting a fresh coat of paint and a shiny new zinc is from all the other work that was done to this thing. Aesthetics, too, are important to Damon, and it’s an irk of his that our dry-dock time didn’t allow for him to grind flush the joins. This will be done next year when she’s pulled out again for her annual bottom paint and maintenance.
And that’s the bottom!! Now that the anti-fouling paint has been applied, she’s ready to be put back into the water!! Our hopes to paint both bottom AND top were not realized at this point. Between time and weather, the marine paint wouldn’t have properly stuck and cured to the top of the hull, and we’ll do that in our next spell of good weather. Until then, we are highly anticipating the updates to our interior!!