lahana

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    Most things beautiful, sailing, drinking at sunset, girls in bikinis.

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  1. lahana

    Rudder refurb and associated troubles...

    Thanks for the info guys, went at it with a flexible sanding disc on the grinder today. Worked a treat and did quick work of it. Just need to do some hand sanding around the curves and edges. Must say, I'm pretty pleased how this has turned out so far. Let's see how the next stage pans out.
  2. lahana

    Rudder refurb and associated troubles...

    Yep, in hindsight that would have been better/easier. I really bit off more than I could chew, then chewed like hell. I did think it was going to be more straight forward, but I couldn’t have foreseen what I would find opening up the skin. I’ve been learning a lot with good help from the internet and the guys here. Will take your advice and do the glassing next. I’ll start with a good sanding to smooth out and shape as much as I can first, then a couple of layers of glass, maybe even carbon fibre was a suggestion from a friend. Lets see how that turns out! :-)
  3. lahana

    Rudder refurb and associated troubles...

    Finished getting it all back together tonight. Woot! Final piece of the skin fitted in a slightly different way. Had to pour the foam prior to fitting skin on this one. Poured the foam where I thought it needed to be (hard to gauge how much is needed, it can build up quiet some pressure), placed a sheet of plastic over it and "dry fitted" the outer skin in place. This gave me a good shape of the foam and I just shaved a little of it off, as to make some room for thickened epoxy for the final fit. Dug out more in areas where I thought it needed more strength through the thickened epoxy. Again, no pics of the process, but some others to help tell the tail. Next step is fairing and two new layers of glass, or maybe new layers of glass before fairing? Anyone got any ideas on this?
  4. lahana

    Rudder refurb and associated troubles...

    The lengths you have to go through to be able to pour the foam...
  5. lahana

    Rudder refurb and associated troubles...

    Here we go again! Have done a few more steps by now. Left off where rudder stock was glued into place. Since then have glued the bottom skin on, filled with expanding foam and checked for voids by way of sounding with the back of a hard plastic screwdriver and shining a strong light through. One void was near the rear lower tip and I decided to fill it with lightly thickened epoxy to give even more strength there. Wasn't much epoxy required. One area that had a void was remedied by drilling a 1 1/4" hole and back filling it with foam. Later I dug the foam out a bit and filled with thickened epoxy for outside strength. (I still plan on fitting a double layer skin over the entire rudder) Following step was tp glue the top 1/3rd skin and fill with foam. This is how far I have gotten yesterday. Next step will be to check for voids and back-fill, before fitting final part of the skin. This will require a slightly different approach, where I intend to fill the voids before fitting the skin. The hardest thing seems to be working with the foam. There is a fine line in mixing enough to have it flow into the cavities and not too much for it to cover over smaller voids that would be fill if the amount was smaller. Sometimes a number of "small" pours is better, sometimes a "big" hit to help with building up pressure to expand into voids is favorable. Interesting medium to work with and has given me plenty of sleepless nights wondering about it. It is a shame that I'm not able to get more pictures for you all during the processes, but handling the resins and fitting skins, re-aligning the rudder for the different flows etc. does make it impossible to take pictures. Hope that what you see still helps explain the process though.
  6. AIS fried prior to race start would mean that WOXI was NOT fit to race. The post race declaration would be a falsified statement by the "fried" statement in itself! It'll be like saying that the engine dies before the race, but we won't need it anyway!?! WTF's going on with the RC???
  7. System got fried... WTF... How come it came back to life after arriving in Hobart? How possible is it that it was half of the AIS (Transmitter only) was fried, but assumable the rest of the electronics survived? Utter BS, no doubt concocted by Trump's spin doctors!
  8. So the RC looked at the AIS as a tactical tool, not a safety tool? Stumped
  9. lahana

    VR Sydney to Hobart

    I only sleep at the crucial moments!
  10. lahana

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Wasn't Bacardi, was it? Heard they left with a ton of beer, three up plus two female backpackers and still ran out half way home. Think they may even hada a stop-opver to replenish... so the story goes. LoL
  11. lahana

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Would like to see one of these on Infotrack...
  12. lahana

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Marine Tracker has Ichi just off the dock 14min ago. Think they finished more than 20 minutes ago now?!?
  13. lahana

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    I wonder how this could impact Infotrack? Looks like their AIS switched off around 39min after race start, outside the heads.
  14. lahana

    VR Sydney to Hobart

    Thanks for your efforts TR!