“Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.” Thus spoke the Lord.
The reverse is also true. With no rudder,ships, which though they be so great, are totally helpless.
I must get a new rudder for the Scaffie.
I have assurances from the makers the esteemed Honnor Marine, http://www.honnormarine.co.uk/index.htm that they can send me a drawing of the rudder and the pintle mountings.
The original rudder was made from heavily varnished plywood some 24 mm wide. I toy with the the idea of getting a slab of Okinawan hardwood and cutting out a rudder shape but I fear it would be very heavy and prone to splitting. I therefor go on a search for big slab of 24 mm plywood.
I go to the wonderful Make Manu.
I mime 24 mm plywood and am immediately directed to racks and racks of the stuff.
I wish I had brought the Truckette but alas, as the original purpose of the sortie was not to buy huge slab of plywood but something much less substantial, I have only the Fitu.
The slab does not fit in the Fitu.
No problem. I wander back into the huge hardware emporium and mime “baby rope” with very satisfying outcome.
So, I now await news from Honor Marine with baited breath. Once I have a template I can starting cutting. Luckily the slab is large so I can probably mess it up the first time.