FINALLY a fortuitous conjunction of tides, weather, help, and sunshine made it possible for us to get the wheel in place.
|These chain supports will support the aft end of the wheel frame and will allow for adjustment.|
|Here's the stern, cleared and ready for the wheel. The wiring is leading out the old engine exhaust tube on the Starboard side.|
|we dropped the wheel off the dock and onto our Intex kayak, which let us line it up with the old mounting holes that had been the outboard mount. The thing is now firmly connected to the stern.|
|here's a shot from Port, showing the kayak step on the side of the wheel. The aft lines supporting eh back of the wheel frame will be replaced with chain as soon as we're sure of the lengths.|
With help from a nice slipmate, we rolled the wheel off the dock onto our Intex Kayak, which let us get is lined up with the stern far more easily than what I'd originally planned (Thanks Gail), snugged it over, and got it lag bolted in place.
Tomorrow, of course, they're predicting rain, but when that clears, we'll pull out the kayak, set the depth for the wheel, hook up the wiring, and try the thing out.
Wish us luck.
We actually have gotten rather a lot done while waiting on weather and tides. We made a lovely batch of Perry (think hard cider, but from pears), and did a lot of resetting of lines to make room for the wheel.
|We bottled the Perry on Halloween night. Initial tastes are promising, I can tell you.|
We spent Samhain evening with friends, toasting the Pagan New Year. Hope it's a much better one for all of us.
Oh, by the way, we both voted:
|Go do this|
You should really go do that. Really. It's important.
I was beginning to wonder if you were OK.ReplyDelete
I've voted too.
Nope, Everitt, just waiting on the freaking weather, mostlyReplyDelete