click=menu Tricks and tips for Your Aphrodite. Updated: 2006-08-17 Comments

They say that old dogs cannot learn new tricks. Not true. This page is dedicated to detailed descriptions of new tricks that you can teach Your Aphrodite.

Lift off
During spring 2002 the DEN50 was equipped with hooks, holes, straps and whatever else is needed to easily lift the boat without having a truck. This is what has to be done...

First, make sure you have a rock solid hook to attach the line to. Mount the hook on top of the keel bolts as shown below. 

Mounting the hook 

Then figure out where to drill the hole in the roof. 

Figuring out where to drill

Dunno why, but personally I hate to drill holes in boats. Peter on the other hand seems to just love it...

Drilling is fun

Then make the whole even bigger.

Make way, coming through... 

When it comes to holes, it is about size...

Check it out

Closing the whole again...

Wauw, maybe it is not so bad after all.

 Make sure it is watertight...

Greasy stuff, that

... and we are done... This is how it looks from the outside.

No too bad, huh?

This is how it looks from the inside.

Thats it? I guess then it is allright...

Now, we gotta test the thing, so get ready...

Make sure the boat is in balance.

and we have liftoff...

Up she goes...

Get ready for touchdown...

Will she hold?

Ladies and gentlemen, the Eagle has landed...


Question: Why would anyone wanna do all this? 

Answer: Because we love to wash boats ;-)

If you love to wash boats this is it. Lift her up and wash away, whenever you feel like it. For free.


Morten, 3rd of august 2002

New bushings
I 2001 Lars, Peter and Torben mounted a set of new bushings for the rudder on the DEN358. What bushings you may ask. Well, the bushings are the brass rings mounted at each end of the rudder axel. (Or whatever) 

Many an elderly Aphrodite experience the symptoms of worn out bushings. The symptoms typically are that the rudder becomes difficult to turn in heavy wind. Also, the rudder moves in little steps while making a strange snoring sound. Stuff like that. 

New bushings cannot be purchased by the dealer, so they have to be taylor made by the local smith. ;-)

Here's a few pictures from the work. The rudder and shaft won't come off unless you dig a hole. At least not when in a standard cradle. So that's what you do first. It is not a deep hole, just some 25 centimeters. That's all.

First dig a holde of about 25 cm.

But lets start with the beginning. Why would anybody want to replace the bushings? Well, bushings wear out. The force on the rudder is considerable, and an old bushing will sometime block the rudder, - especially in heavy winds with the spinnaker in the air. Bad. Very bad. Here's a shot of the old and the brand new bushing.

Old and new bottom bushing.

As you can see, the old bushing looks pretty worn. Note the looks of the top bushing on the horizontal face, which carries the vertical force imposed on the rudder. 

Old and new top bushings.

On the next shot the new bottom bushing has been mounted.

New bottom bushing mounted.

All we need to do now, is to mount the rudder again.

Ready to mount. Torben with the rudder. 

..and we're done. A new bushing should cost around 300 danish kroners, made specifically for the purpose. 


Morten, 28th of april 2002


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