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b.mercer says:

hi, has anyone had a yard cradle made for their achilles 24? I would welcome any help with dimensions to give to my friendly blacksmith.

Also, where do you store the plug from the outboard well?
I am amazed that it does not seem to fit naturally anywhere given all the other forethought on the boat.

bob
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busy home [deleted] says:

I have a cradle, Would you like me to measure it properly for you.. ?
Pics of it under Snowgoose,
The plug just fits into the lazerette,, a bit awkward but with practice
thats where it goes,,,
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blueachilles says:

Until this year we stored the plug under the cockpit, where it fits quite snugly.

This year, we are leaving the engine in place, so are storing the plug in Andy's shed !
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busy home [deleted] says:

The problem is they leak water in, then it all leaks out ... Putting it in the lazerette at least puts the water into the bilge!
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blueachilles says:

This winters project might be to build a combined engine mount and plug, that the outboard leg can go through but the botton is faired to reduce drag. But it may beyond my woodworking/fibreglassing skills.....
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busy home [deleted] says:

I stole snowgooses combined plug .. Goskar will motor at 6.9 kts now. (8 hp Tohatsu) But its well worth removing it and putting the proper plug in to sail efficiently .. not ony for speed but to achieve perfect helm response, I find the turbulace created by the prop and leg reduce feel on helm and promote weather helm there by adding a brake,
I took Steve and his missus (from PZ) out on Goskar in a 4 .
He was astounded at the helm response and feel of Goskar going well, We did not have the motor in,at all,,(Steve you are welcome to comment on here!)
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b.mercer says:

hi Chille Pepper,
I would be delighted if you could measure your cradle . I have seen the photos and it looks perfect. Very like a Sonata cradle with the solid wheels on the bottom which will then roll onto a car trailer.

Clearly I must practice with the plug and the lazarette. It is the obvious home but not obvious how to achieve it.

I also saw your photos of the support legs. I am assuming these would not be adequate for use as yard storage. Again a very nice solution in design terms
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busy home [deleted] says:

Will do..
The legs are fine if your yard will allow... A bit of extra support under bow and stern perhaps ,,, Thats all we had for restoring Chille and Goskar,, The trolly does feel more secure I admit,,
When removing the plug ,,,,, lift out .... tip towards you lay on floor
as is drop into lazerette ... Ideally never remove it!!
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busy home [deleted] says:

Sorry for delay .. cant drive to shed at moment, hip pains,,
A bit better today ,,, maybee tommorrow,
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rothwell_neil says:

I used the legs that Ron made all winter and love them. Chocked stern to stop any movement of boat when in her. Ideal as can paint all the underside and topside.
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busy home [deleted] says:

Finally measured up, the upright from trolly to hull needs to be ajustable ,, but 40ins over all.
also I would make it steerable.
It works well very stable and no worries as you walk around the boat.
You can lower one pad at a time to antifoul.
Sorry for delay still have leg probs..
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b.mercer says:

Many thanks for the photo and the measurements. I saw a steerable trolley very similar made for a Hunter Medina recently. ... The Sonata trolley/cradles are not steerable though. I will see what my blacksmith friend can manage otherwise it will be Mersea Trailers as they made the Medina one.

Hope the leg/hip is soon restored to normal
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