Originally Posted by codprawn
Rather than fold it how about something telescopic? You could have one tube sliding in another - just pull out the pins - lift it up - then insert the pins - a bit like some axle stands!!
We are looking at a single hoop attached to a rotating disc. The inner disc will be fixed to the console and the outer disc will attach to the base of the gantry, a 40mm shaft will fix the two discs together.
Both discs, inner 30mm and outer 50mm will have machined segments to allow rotation from the vertical through approximately 50 degrees.
Now, the question is, do we allow the gantry to rotate forward into the bow or aft over the seat pods ???.
We want to ensure the locking mechanism absorbs the maximum stress and forces when heading into heavy seas and or when quick deccelleration occurs.
We have a difference of opinion as to how this is achieved, do we place the vertical mechanical stop for'd or aft of the gantries vertical tube.