Paul Larsen diary


It needs a wheel, it needs a wheel!
 

It needs a wheel, it needs a wheel!

Down to the detail on SailRocket and aggravating the gravel around France with thedailysail
Well now that all the big bits are done we are wading through all the finer points of the design that must be addressed. It feels alot more rewarding to be popping out 30ft long section of pre-preg hull and beam than fiddly little pulley brackets and centreboard cases but they are all equally necessary. One of the more enjoyable areas to be working on is the cockpit. It is an unusual area as it has the shape of a single seat racing car cockpit and yet needs to have the systems and functions of a yacht! Instead of steering wheels, foot pedals and gear sticks there are tillers, cleats and quadrants. I made a fibreglass deck mock-up a week or so ago so I could try out various deck cut-outs. The one we settled on gives me space to throw the arms and elbows around when necessary and yet, with the canopy closed it remains very sleek. We have opted for a tiller style arrangement to steer with. It is mounted in reverse and actually faces forward with cables linking it back to the rudders. I say rudder's as Nick Barlow from Design Craft in Shamrock Quay is well down the path of designing a very neat air rudder system that will come into play at high speed when the apparent wind has built and moved forward. A series of cleats will be mounted on a carbon pedastal between my legs and will activate such things as mainsheet coarse/fine tune, rig up-haul/down-haul and air/water rudder transfers. It will be a busy little bit of carbon. In fact the whole cockpit will be busy and a well thought out routine will need to be followed in order to keep it all neat and tidy. Once seated, with your feet resting against

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