Yes - thinking out problems is half the fun😊
My first build
was a Vic Smeed Starlet - just completed. Pretty straight forward but I over engine
ered it to try out some ideas - thinking the ideas through was great fun.
So although I will not start the Cariad until January I'm trying to explore problems now. The angle of the rudder
shaft is one that I think I have a solution to. Take it right through the deck then put a handle onto it, hinged at the shaft so that it does not rise and fall as it is turned. Then a Bowden cable from each side of the cockpit
to power the steering. I will enjoy build
ing a mock up and trying it out!
As to the rudder
, I am thinking of a detachable extension - downwards.
I'm also thinking about placing the prop to one side - perhaps more authentic but also well clear of the rudder
One thing that I'm still thinking through is the access hatch. I see some build
ers move the dingy
to the centre and create a hatch here but I like the clean decking
on the original, with the dingy
to the side. A hatch to the side would work for everything but the top screw for the detachable keel. Some more time dreaming up a solution.