Free Yacht Chapter 3: Fix Broken Stix and other Trix

On the maiden voyage of the free yacht I broke the tiller by standing on it. Sure it sounds dumb, but if I hadn't done that I'm sure something worse would have happened. That's the sort of relationship I have with tillers and rudders.

Continues the saga begun at How to Get a Free Yacht

epoxy pix by Nick Papadakis

Here's the broken stick we're going to fix.
If you like hospital shows, please note the comminuted fractures on the proximal end of the avulsed fragment.

continues the Free Yacht saga begun at How to Get a Free Yacht

Here's the table of contents of the whole saga:
Chapter 1: How to Get a Free Yacht
Chapter 2: Maiden Voyage of the Free Yacht
Chapter 3: Fix Broken Stix and other Trix
Chapter 4: Outboard Motor Mutilates Foot
Chapter 5: It's sinking and it's on Fire.
Chapter 6: How To Give Away a Free Yacht
Chapter 7: Get an Even Better One and Fabulize it.
Chapter 8: Celebrate Freedom
Chapter 9: Technicolor Dreamboat
Chapter 10: Privateer Knot
Chapter 11: Dismasted!
Chapter 12: Kiteboat!
Chapter 13: Mast Raising

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Step 1: Clean Out the Injury

The splinters on both sides of the break prevent the pieces from fitting together properly.
So I cleaned up the mating surfaces with a crooked knife.

Step 2: Decant Some Epoxy

Don your chemical suit (gloves and goggles) and squirt some epoxy. I get mine from US Composites in W. Palm Beach FL with metering pumps. I did half a shot each of A and B. The pumps wear out, gulp air and give you short shots unless you use the right body english. Replace them with each new jug. This is "fast" style epoxy, contrasted with "medium" and "slow". Fast means you leave it overnight before it's strong.

Don't ever use "Five Minute" epoxy for anything. It's unpatriotic, not waterproof, poisonous, bad tasting, and makes girls hate you. Avoid polyester resin also. It's not a good adhesive for most woods. This is mahogany, which means it's reddish and no one knows what species it really is, so stick with epoxy.
prospector5 years ago
Great fix, it looks good! A hint though as you move along in yachting circles, you will find that most sailors who go to sea in small boats carry a spare tiller. An expensive spare tiller can be bought at West Marine for about $50 (for my boat) and will be glossy and have laminations and whatnot. A cheap spare tiller can be bought at Home Depot, but will be mislabelled as "Wheelbarrow Handles." It is handy that they only sell these spare tillers in sets of 2, and that the wood is rough hewn allowing you to sand it down to the right feel before you stain or varnish it. Also the Home Depot Spare tillers are long enough that you can cut them in half before attaching, which means you actually get 4 for the price of one!
i agree with J.W.Mills, i fell over laughing at the mislabel...
ROTF! Splat... Fell out of my chair! Good one Prospector!

Thats right use the mis labled stuff from the HomeDespot and your local hardware.
Xtreehouse4 years ago
To anyone whom wants to give away a 220' sea worthy Yacht, Ship, Craft ect, or larger ;  Please Email me at , If theres one thing in life that I want to do before I go to the after life it is to live on the sea and travel till that day comes.. I wanna a Yacht !
Xtreehouse4 years ago
To anyone whom wants to give away a 220' sea worthy Yacht, Ship, Craft ect, or larger ;  Please Email me at , If theres one thing in life that I want to do before I go to the after life it is to live on the sea and travel till that day comes.. I wanna a Yacht !
GearsFC3S5 years ago
Is that a rum cask / beer keg installed on your forward deck?
It's probably an inflatable life boat. I've seen them in packages like that.
Whales benner814 years ago
Looks like a keg to me..
benner81 Whales4 years ago
You might be right. I can't see that well.
I think they're filled with fuel or gas, because Bobcats and Dingoes (the machinery!) use them to go forward.
I'm familiar with bobcat's(not so much dingoes), but I've never seen them with any kind of fuel cylinder on the back. I've used forklifts that used propane cylinders, but they look totally different.

Whatever it is, its definitely an old beer keg that could have been converted to hold diesel.
Sorry, I meant forklifts. Hmm, I could have sworn they looked the exact same, because the ones I've seen upon the forklifts around here aren't your average propane cylinders...
MT-LB GearsFC3S4 years ago
i think he said it was a beer keg filled with diesel.
Wasagi4 years ago
 "Don't ever use 5 minute epoxy for anything. It is unpatriotic, not waterproof, poisonous, bad tasting, and makes girls hate you."

as if the bad tasting and poisonous weren't enough to dissuade me, it's unpatriotic, and makes the girls hate me!
acer737 years ago
Of course 5 min expoxy would make girls hate you
still dond know why...
5 minute epoxy finishes in 5 minutes.
funny how it took 2 years from joke to punchline, heh.
ChrisEnder4 years ago
Big tires are heavy so try and get the spare tires if you can. Make sure there is no hub (duh :P) and maybe even cut the tire in half before you rope it.
anwaya7 years ago
You could also go to a "Just Tires" and ask them for old tires: they have to pay for them to be taken away, and are grateful if you can take them off their hands.
Make it look like Captain Ron's boat. lol. Still, not a bad idea.
Lemon7 years ago
The boxing glove on the end of the bowsprit was a classic... ah, good times, good times... do you mind if i use that image as my MSN display pic? Your saga of your free boat is very well documented, keep 'em coming.
TimAnderson (author)  Lemon7 years ago
thanks and please be the boxing glove bowsprit!
if your so woried about cost that you cant buy bumpers, why dont you get a moring insted of a slip then maybe you could save 200 bucks a month. asuming of course that there are morings availible in your localharbor, a big if though, the waiting list at my local harber has an ETA of 12 years
radioeyes8 years ago
I'd say some artwork is in order the next time you paint. Looks kinda flat to me.
I'm trying to make one of these into a an adapter to 12 V, any advice or thoughts?
AnimalChin8 years ago
I absolutely love these Instructables. They're perfectly written, full of detail, have lots of great photos, and they're funny! Thanks!

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