Tuesday, November 30, 2010

tea and templates for the tillerman

First sail for the season last week, with a son and a couple of his friends, a very gentle sail it was too, squeezed between a near gale and an electrical storm, but we got the best of it and had a relaxing time.

Having started the spar making over the week-end, I turned my attention to the rudder box just for a change of scenery; glued it up and made a template for the rudder foil, to make economical use of off-cuts for the foil glue-up.


  1. it's looking good and coming together nicely now - well done Robert

    Steve - shivering in a very frozen UK!

  2. Good to hear from you Steve. I had hoped to post a sunny sailing pic to warm northern hemisphere people up, but it was yet another tropical, unstable sort of day, with air masses coming all the way down eastern Australia from the tropics. I'll put some warm air in a bottle and post it to you if you like....

    Since you've 'dropped by', I'm setting up to make the tiller soon, and I wonder how long you made yours? I've measured from the side view of the sloop rig on the plans, and 1100mm seems about right. I don't think the plans get more specific than that. What do you think Steve?

  3. Hi Rob:
    The title of your post reminds me an old Cat Stevens song.....I hope you'll enjoy sailing this season.

  4. Bring tea for the tillerman, steak for the sun
    Wine for the women who made the rain come
    Seagulls sing your hearts away
    'Cause while the sinners sin, the children play

    Oh Lord, how they play and play
    For that happy day, for that happy day

    For some weird reason, that's what I had in mind...