Saturday, April 28, 2012

Gudgeons fitted

I don't have a lot of faith in the mechanical strength of brass so I have tried to beef up these fittings as much as is practical.  The plans recommend riveting the gudgeons to the hull but I wanted to be able remove and repair fittings so I have drilled and tapped some 1/4 inch brass rod with a 3/16 whitworth thread and pushed it into a hole through the stern.  The fittings have then been screwed in and seem plenty strong enough.  At this stage I'm keen to push ahead to launch and fine tune the details later.