The Hydrovane Rudder
15 June 2008 | Deaton Yachts in Oriental
We have been in Oriental, NC for two weeks. We're still working on installing the Hydrovane, the wind turbine, and the solar system, among other various and sundry projects (bottom paint, dingy repair...) Granted it is taking longer than expected, but in return we are getting the opportunity to work as a team in challenging conditions. I'm learning a lot about the boat and getting into parts of it that I wouldn't have explored. I am also learning a lot about how to use tools and build stuff on a boat. I have learned, without question, that I am profoundly more able-handed at litigating than I am working a bolt that requires nuts turned in different directions. Sometimes I can't even get a wrench into an odd position and Matt has to turn his nut and mine. The same is true for threading bolts with washers and nuts. I have yet to master a technique for doing this with one hand on a bolt that comes down from the top. It is frustrating to have to ask Matt to thread my bolts and washers. Making things worse is the heat. Even on nicer days, it is hot in the middle of the day. Today we were about to drill a hole to install one of the Hydrovane brackets at around 2:00 p.m. and it was so hot, neither of us could think straight. We just dropped the tools and went home to rest and cool off. The little Yamaha Zuma 50 2 stroke scooter has been a MVP of the trip thus far. We have used it quite a bit, at least several times each day. And the Rebounder, with practically all the comforts of home. I think Jake and Anne are as happy or happier here than back in Tucson. They love the grass in front of the RV and the morning walks. The gear install should be finished within the week, then maybe another week more or less on my own doing finishing touches, then the cruising begins.