Winter 2014 just won’t let go. We got another dump of snow last week, which Tent Model X fortunately shrugged off just like it has all of the others. Best Tent Ever! Today it will be 71°F, but tonight it will drop to 25° and not go above 33°F tomorrow. Sheesh! Somebody tell Mother Nature to quit flipping the danged Season switches back and forth!
With my target of getting the boat functionally seaworthy so I can splash her in autumn of 2014, I took advantage of a rare 60° day last weekend and made some patterns for the “Roamer Cruise Control” trim tabs. I gave the originals to my previous machinist/mechanic so he could replace the steel plate, which was pitted. But when we parted ways in 2013 and I asked for my things back, he said he had either lost them or threw them away. So, I get to reverse engineer a set…yea!
I’ve got a pile of moldy 1/4″ luan plywood that I use for patterns. I use my EZ track saw to ensure the initial cuts are perfectly straight. The track saw is overkill here, but I figure the more practice I get with it the better off I’ll be when it comes to interior joinery.
It really was too bad the previous mechanic “lost” them. It’s a lot easier making replacements from patterns than it is from scratch.
By flipping the pattern this way and that, I managed to get all of the edges sanded.
Once I had the port trim tab pattern built, the starboard one was a snap. I dropped them off at the fabricator’s shop on the way home. They ought to be ready to install before Spring returns for good this year.