1540Rescue Minor "Bingey" launched
- Jun 13, 2007The Rescue Minor is getting close. Hull is complete (if ugly) and
last night I shoved it off the "landscaper" trailer and crunched it
over sharp gravel into the water. I just love the metal hull, and
I don't have power in yet, and plan to start out trials with a 6 hp
outboard, before putting on the 25. I think I explained in an
earlier post, and illustrated in the photos section, how the
temporary outboard installation will work. With all the unknowns
about power requirement, reduction gears, reverse, props, and angled
alignment, it seems best to try out a number of alternatives before
making a commitment.
For the time being, steering will be with a push-pull tiller. Since
the center of the "lazarette" is free-flooding, I dispensed with any
rudder shaft seal or bearings; for now it's just an aluminum shaft
through an hole drilled in the aluminum bottom, with a lower section
of shaft resting on a plastic disc set into a hole drilled partway
into the skeg. So I expect some wear, but we'll see.
Pushing it alongside the Bolger Diablo, it moved right along, even
showing a hint of rooster tail. The hull weighs about 550 lbs
empty, and was very tender stepping in at the dock.
Next step, trials with low power, and photos. Anybody in the
midcoast Maine area want to play this weekend?
Curtis -- aka Sal's Dad
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