What shall I do when I grow up?

I’m Fifty-five years old. I own a successful software development business, as well as one or more other current business as well as several new projects in development. I’ve retired several times and found it quite disastrous and very hazardous to my health. I’m evaluating what I want to do in the future. Continue my current businesses? I’m not dissatisfied with them. I feel that I am very fortunate to enjoy what once was only a hobby with how I make a living. But an exploration of something new can’t hurt.

Today I went to the guidance councilor’s office at Spokane Community College. He helped me get right to the point, after I stuttered and stammered a bit trying to spit out my life’s story, by asking something to the effect of: “So you want to know what you want to do when you grow up?” I said yup.

He handed me the keyboard and had me put my email address in to send me directions so I could take a couple tests on the web.I headed on to my office and completed a “MBTI Step I” and a “Newly Revised Strong Interest Inventory”

Made an appointment for tomorrow morning to discuss the results. And by making an appointment I mean I called to make one and was told the Councilor’s office hours and that he doesn’t take appointments – walk in only.

I’m a bit excited to discuss the results. Stay tuned.

 

rodaw, – jeffa

Outboard Motor Auto Pilot

I would like to make an auto pilot for my boat. This is a wide shot of the stern to get a general overall feeling for the space involved.

BCC_W Stern view.

This is a detail of the interface of the steering control arm and the Mercury 85hp motor.

OAP_Detail

Detail view of the stern. Note where the control arm meets the meets the control horn on the motor.

 

 

 

 

 

Question: What might I use for the actuator. I’d like to stay away from hydraulics on this small of a project.

 

OAP_horn_Detail OAP_Engine_Mount_Detail

Notice the bolt (left picture) at the center that connects the motor to the steering control arm. Here is a detail showing there is enough room to perhaps get another thingie of some sort attached. Plenty of room to change bolts (right picture) to allow some bracket to hold the house for the thingie!

So what might we use for a thingie? Worm drive? Mega stepper? Help!