How the Wand Works

As you are aware, as the Wand moves aft, the Foil-Push-Rod moves down, pushing the trim-tab on the Front Foil down.

Wand Assembly Overview.png[animated overall drawing should be here instead, eventually, maybe ... ]

The way this works:  

The Wand is inserted into the Fwd-Pivot-Block. This pivot block rotates around a 1½” x  ¼” clevis pin, and has a range of motion of 75º (limited by the housing).  As the Wand goes aft, the Fwd-Pivot-Block rotates clockwise, as viewed from the Port side.

FWD Wand Assembly.png

The Foil-Push-Rod is connected to an Aft-Pivot-Block that also rotates around a 1½” x  ¼” clevis pin, and the upper range of motion is limited. As the Wand goes aft, the Aft-Pivot-Block rotates counter-clockwise, as viewed from the Port side.

Aft Wand Assembly.png

Internal to the “Wand-Box” is an intermediate horizontal Carbon-Push-Rod with 10-32 male threads on each end.  It connects to the Fwd-Pivot-Block and the Aft-Pivot-Block. The rotating arm of the Fwd-Pivot-Block is ⅝”, and the Aft-Pivot-Block is 15/16”.  The 75º rotation of the front yields 40.7º aft rotation.  The vertical Foil-Push-Rod is also connected to the Aft-Pivot-Block with an offset of 11/16”.

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At rest, the shock cord pulls the Wand all the way counter-clockwise raising the Foil-Push-Rod up.  Rotating the Wand 75º will push the rod down down from its initial height.

The maximim up-down range of the Foil-Push-Rod is 0.451” with the Aft-Pivit-Block and Fwd-Pivot-Block fully rotated clockwise and counter-clockwise.

If the length of the Carbon-Push-Rod is shortened, the initial height of the Foil-Push-Rod is lowered, and its maximum range will be reduced slightly.   Each turn of the threads of the Carbon-Push-Rod is 1/32nd of an inch (0.031") off the pushrod, which will lower the Foil-Push-Rod .023".

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