The winch design seemed to work well and the travel end points can be adjusted in the transmitter. The total travel distance is just over 450mm. A second winch was made and it was checked that it is possible to remove the winch assembly through the main hatchway, although it is necessary to remove the mast as well.
Monday, January 17, 2022
I had hoped to use rods from the servo but this wouldn't work, so the answer will be wire/cable, which can be adjusted via the threaded clevis pins.
The tiller was made by laminating some strips of wood and slides into the head of the rudder. It has to be removeable so the rudder can be detached. Although the tiller is a push fit, there will need to some form of "pin" to hold it securely.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
This is the initial design for the winch, there will be two, a port and starboard version. This will be removable through the centre hatch. It uses some electrical trunking which is supported by a piece of aluminium channel. The winch is supported by some 3mm plywood. There is a slider made from acrylic and there will be ball bearing blocks at each end of the track. It should give travel of 450mm. This should give enough travel for the two jibs. However, the mainsail/boom does need more travel than this, if the mainsheet is attached to the stern of the boat, as on full size models. The main boom will go out by 45 degrees with a travel of 450mm, which may be enough. Another solution would be to attach the mainsheet to the centre of the boom. Thoughts for the future.
The next task will be to fit the servo for the rudder and get this working.
Monday, January 10, 2022
The exact position of the foot of the mast support will be added later. The drawings show that the hatch on the foredeck is small and offset to port. This is also reflected when looking at full size boats. However, to help gain access I've decided to make this hatch way slightly wider, so it stretches across both sides of the boat. The plan is to use two sail winches, with the front of the track either side of the mast, so access will be essential.