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Testing positions for the new amas. Here positioned forward so the front crossbar (aka) fits in the amas' front saddles.
Here positioned rearward so the rear crossbar (aka) fits in the amas' rear saddles.
At this point I was leaning towards the forward position.
How the bows line up with the forward positon.
So, what do we do about this?
We construct this out of aluminum with the help of my friend John the welder.
Head on view.
The amas painted, with bottom paint since it'll sit out on my mooring.
Making the parts for the rear brackets. I wanted to make them very adjustable so I could change the angle of attack of the amas until I got it right. Thus all the drilled holes for bolts.
Plates and tubes aren't welded yet.
Amas on, with welded brackets.
I found that this vertical position was optimal.
I then trimmed off the extra aluminum plate for less weight.
Waterstay with stainless steel marine turnbuckle.