Well, almost anyway. Still have to bolt the tiller back on to the rudder but the big news is that the rudder’s once again attached to Siempre Sabado’s hind end.
Here’s a shot of the gudgeon with the new Vesconite bushing in it.
You can see a gap between the hull and the lower gudgeon. It was filled with some kind of goo before. I might make a tape dam on the bottom and fill it with an epoxy mixture before it gets filled with sea life on its own.
I stuck the pintles into the gudgeons and then bolted the gudgeons to the hull with Lulu’s help. She got to hunker down inside the lazarette operating the socket wrench while I was outside holding the bolts with the open end wrench. Then we had to wrestle the rudder back in place and lift it on to the pintles. This ended up being way easier than we had anticipated. Within a few minutes, the rudder was on and we’d bolted it in place.
Seems such a shame to goober up all that shiny new bronze with a couple layers of bottom paint but that’s what’s going to happen.
Part of installing the rudder involved emptying out the lazarette. For those that don’t know, a lazarette is basically the boat’s “trunk”. Ours holds everything from folding chairs to leftover hunks of line. But, in order to reach the bolts for the upper gudgeon, the whole thing had to be emptied out.
My job today was to fill it back up with some semblance of order. I threw some stuff away, relocated some stuff and organized what was left. You probably won’t believe me but, in spite of what it looks like, the lazarette is actually quite organized now.
Our big job tomorrow is to go to Guaymas to try to find a 5/8″ diameter countersink bit so I can countersink the heads of the thru-hulls’ thru-bolts. Might have to show Lulu a new carnitas taco place (“Carnitas Michoacán”) I found the other day while we’re at it. Great tacos and excellent pozole. Plus, we were told to look for a cart called “Safari Tacos” down on the malecón. Comes very highly recommended.
Sunday I plan to hook up all the hoses and wires to the engine and, hopefully, give it a test run to make sure it still works under its new coat of paint. Meanwhile Lulu will be busy making baggywrinkle. Once the engine is up and running, it’s just a matter of waiting for the yard to sand our bottom so we can paint it. Well, that and a whole heap of clean-up. The end is in sight. Hot damn!