It’s been a full-on sort of day and I feel tired at the end of it – but importantly ‘we got the job done’. The rudder is good.
At midday Truce was lifted out the water and half an hour later I had the rudder unshipped and hung off. The bottom bushing was worn and causing the play in the rudder. Thankfully everything was intact and no damage or wear on the metal parts at all. I decided to have a new bush machined up and installed. By four thirty in the afternoon the new bushing had arrived from the machine shop and was fitted. Shortly after the rudder was back in place. The bushing is tight and the rudder hard to turn – I expect as the miles go by it will free up a bit.
By five in the afternoon I was back in the water and tied up alongside the dock. I really admire the can-do attitude of the American guys when it comes to engineering solutions. I had the same experience in Wrangell last year when the shaft strut was cracked. Within a few hours, a great engineered solution found and executed. Thank you, Toledo boatyard, especially Asia and Ted for a great job.
In the early evening I took a walk into town. Toledo is quite a small place, it looks like everybody knows everybody. Tuesday evening and not much going on. The main street is an attractive historic place that would be good to visit in warmer weather.
This evening I will have a good feed on board and get some rest ready for tomorrow. In the morning I will take the tide down the Yaquina River to Newport and hopefully be able to head out over the Bar towards San Francisco. I have a special date in San Francisco so need to get moving south.