Category Archives: Metalwork

Mast partners sorted!

Figured out how to secure the mast at the partners. The rear chock now is ornamented by two bits of aluminium: A plate on the bottom at the back to stop the back rising when the chock is pulled towards … Continue reading

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Mast update

Got the mast strengthener in today. I was assuming that it would just slide in; however it jammed after a bit probably due to grit somewhere. Every time I took it out and cleaned it up (filing off the scratches) … Continue reading

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Turning block (almost) complete

Made the turning block to redirect the lines from the mast back to the helm. Obviously the screw heads need to be aligned, and I need to figure out how to attach it to the tabernacle. Otherwise very happy with … Continue reading

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Free-standing mast: more bits made

I’ve made some more bits for the mast:

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Fitting the free-standing mast

I’ve started fitting the mast to the hull. First off the heel fitting.

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Free standing aluminium mast – design tweaks and cutting the tubes

Right – time for a deep breath. This is where the designs become reality. First stage is check the design to get it as good as possible. Mast head The topmast tube needs to be extended a bit for the … Continue reading

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Attaching the mast to the boat – thoughts

I’ve been giving some thought to how to attach the mast to the boat. There are a number of objectives: Must be strong enough Must be light Should not change the boat too much – ideally the boat should appear … Continue reading

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Wanderer aft cleats

One thing about sailing with small children is that you want to tie up to a jetty if at all possible. This means having usable cleats. It is possible to tie off to the traveller but having cleats is easier. … Continue reading

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Boat trailer suspension replacement – update

Following on from my previous post I’ve added angle brackets to the top of the clamps. The plates were bending under clamping load, so these brackets allow much better and more reliable clamping. I’ve also painted the welds.

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More on Aluminium Tube Masts

A couple of extra points: Suppliers Finding suppliers for tubes that will definitely fit is proving harder than I expected. In particular I’d like a 70mm diameter by 3mm wall thickness tube for the main tube, as this should fit … Continue reading

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