Creating A Timber Pad
15 June 2008 | Deaton Yachts in Oriental
keith, hot and humid
This photograph may help you to better understand the concept of the timber pad. The reason these things are so important is that they help the self steering system to be strong and rigid, which makes for more accurate and reliable steering. There are three brackets to the boat on my Hydrovane. Matt has been sanding and prepping the two timber pads (the third bracket falls on a perfectly flat part of the boat and there is no contour to fill in with a timber pad). This afternoon we will resin them. Then the boatyard will apply an epoxy layer and then a layer or two of paint. They should last for many years and be very strong and extremely accurate as they are molded directly from the hull. The process is very time consuming. But I guess I won't mind if my self-steering system works when I really need it. The guy at the yard said that it would have been better to get an Auto Helm 6000 (I already have a 4000), which would have been installed in 1/2 a day. I disagree.