Mar 232010

The nice Australian steering system that I wrote about earlier (in Swedish) did surprise us by being larger than specifications for all components. Actually the guys at HyDrive changed their mind in the last minute and said we needed stronger components than originally specified, but they forgot to tell us that they had different dimensions too. So the original steering cylinder mounts were not possible to fit in any sensible way, as the end of the cylinders would be coming out of the hull… . Now we are mounting the cylinders at an angle. This makes them fit inside the hull with just about zero margin. Making the mounts is a little tricky though. Especially since the guy doing it is 2 meters tall and has to work in the most cramped up part of the hull…

  2 Responses to “Tricky steering cylinder problems”

  1. Feels like the cylinder(arm) is mounted fairly high on the ruder axis.
    Why, or am I wrong?

  2. No you’re not wrong. What you don’t see in this image is the big pipe that will go on top of the bottom bearing. This pipe takes the hole in the hull up above the waterline, and there we put a gaiter. This makes the rudder shaft watertight. The tiller arm goes above the pipe and gaiter, that’s why it’s up there.