Now this monster of valves and tubings are fitted inside the boat. Tomorrow I will fill in the hydraulic fluid and see if it will work as intended.
The idea was to use a special handle that switched the hydraulic flow from forward to reverse, but then I needed to custom make some couplings. It needs some drawings and the workshop will need some time to machine it and this is a very slow process. With this of the shelf parts I can use the boat right away, but I will need a helping hand to get out of the harbor, because now I have to use 4 - four valves to control the flow.
With the two large valves open and the two small valves closed the boat will go forward. With the two large valves closed and the two small valves open the boat will go in reverse. With the two vales on the stern side closed and the other to open the boat will be in neutral. Not very practical if you want to sail by yourself, but this is and emergency solution so I can get out on the water while the custom made parts and made.
We had nice weather this weekend, so I had a change to test the boat on the fjord. I needed a helping hand to change direction, but that was only on the first test on Saturday. On Sunday I went out two times by myself and it is possible in nice weather, but with some wind or strong current I will need one extra person to help with switching direction on the propeller. The rpm on the engine and the noise has been reduced a lot. Now we can sit in the cockpit and have a quiet chat while the boat is cruising at 5 knots. At 1200 rpm the engine is running very nice and the boat is making good speed. I will bring my ipad and try to calibrate the speed at 1200 rpm, but I will guess it is around 4-5 knots. I still got some hydraulic leaks when I push it above 1200 rpm, so I need to work on that before going any higher, but just being able to get back out on the fjord again is fantastic.
It's been a while and I am curious to know how this project is coming along.
Sailing and doing some cruising I hope!
It's been several years. Are you sailing and doing some cruising on the boat now?
Some pictures would be nice!