Category «Steering»

Subfloor Lighting / Steering Gear Tweaks

Yes, we are still here. Some various life events have slowed work on the Westsail. We still have barn rennovations and yard fence repair/replacment going on. But the good news is the new shop is to the point where we can start building stuff. Small boat projects are still happening… Some tweaks and adjustments to …

Steering Main Gear Is IN!

It is done. Though I had all the parts last May, I dragged my feet when it came to getting sticky with more resin and fiberglass. There was a time when I enjoyed it, but I don’t really care much for fiberglass work. Lets just say I had to mentally prepare myself for glassing in …

Steering “Damp” Fit

“Damp” in that it is not a complete “dryfit”, but not yet a permanent “wetfit”. Ha. The main reduction gear, tiller arm, draglink and torque tubes are all fitted in place as to where they are intended to go. As is often the case with boats, a lot of “fit and trim” went into this …

Portlight And Steering Installation Has Begun

These projects are ongoing for the next few weeks. Portlights We will be installing portlights from Newfound Metals all around the boat. I cutout a number of templates and jigs on the CNC machine, based on drawings from the NFM website. These to help spot, center, and cutout the cabin sides to receive the portlights. …

Steering: Design Update

Ok, so the final design wasn’t completely “final”. Since that last post, we have simplified the design by removing one bevel box and adding a U-joint. This more evenly distributes the angles among the joints. It should provide for a smoother steering action. Also, removal of a bevel box and addition of a U-joint should …

Steering: Final Design

It has been a while since the last mention of the boat’s steering system. Final framing under the aft cabin berth has been waiting on the final design/fitting of the below-decks steering mechanics. I have putting this project off as long as I could. We have been comparing designs using a traditional Edson pull-pull cable …

More on Steering… still

So, if you have been reading this blog, you have heard me go back and forth what type of steering to install. I have been split between cable-in-conduit and transmission steering. It was looking like cable-in-conduit was going to win out, not so much because it was cheaper, but there was the “18 degree problem” …

Steering Plan B: More Details

A reader asked for a side view of the cable steering setup (thanks for the request, it sorta forces me to think through things a bit more thoroughly). This view shows the conduit idlers and the conduit cable and how it leads up to the rudder post from under the floors. Generally, the minimum number …

Steering Plan B: Cable Steering

Here is a quick sketch of how pull-pull cable steering would look from the top. It has a total of four idlers and sheaves. Compare this to 12 idlers/sheaves that came with the original factory steering. This can be done in that the cable runs through a stiff conduit which can withstand gradual rises and …