Winter is slowly loosening its grip on the Mid-Atlantic region, so I went and picked up some bits and pieces I’d dropped off with the fabricator before the last snowstorm. This is all part of a grand plan to launch the boat in the fall of 2014. To get ‘er done, a lot of bits and pieces have to be ready to go when it’s their turn to be installed.
Of course, they make new steering wheels I could have used. But I like the original stuff. And since the steering will not be power-assisted, a big helm wheel will make for lighter steering.
Back when we first got the boat, the helm wheel wouldn’t move. We eventually realized that the rudders were completely locked in place–the plain steel rudders running through an aluminum rudder log with a bronze gland nut on top had turned the whole assembly into unimetal, with various kinds of metal oxidize holding everything very firmly in place. When the boat was towed south in the 1980s to Purgatory Row in a southern Maryland boatyard, the guys who towed her tried to force the rudders to move. All they ended up doing was snapping the bronze screws on the adapter (you can still see the screws in the small holes in the wheel hub). But then they pushed even harder and broke the steering gear.
I sized the pump so the ratio will be about the same as the original: 3.7 turns lock-to-lock.
I’ll use Tefgel on that bolt when I finally install it.
The Marelon valves use National Pipe Straight thread rather than the more common tapered (NPT) thread. So the fabricator had to chuck the pipe up in his lathe and cut the threads. Once I relocate the engines, I’ll cut off the old standpipes and we’ll weld in the new ones.
These Groco slotted strainers should keep grass, plastic and other flotsam out of the main intakes. I like the fact that they can be opened, not only for cleaning blockages but also for barrier coating after the welding is done. They can be attached to the hull with fasteners, but since the Miller Trailblazer 280 will already be running when we put in the standpipes, the strainers will get welded on, too.
Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Setting Up Shop.