Learning about pulleys and gears on SV Aphrodite

Hi. I did homework on my family’s boat for the first time and learned about pulleys and gears. I hung a rope attached to a heavy toolbox on the bar above the door to go in.

Betty learning about pulleys on the SV Aphrodite
Betty learning about pulleys on the SV Aphrodite

Before I did that though I lifted the toolbox by itself once. But anyway after I lifted it I put the rope over the bar and pulled down. my dad and I found a pulley and I used that once.

But I found out that the clip on the pulley was too small to fit around the bar, and I had to use some rope to extend the clip. So, I made a loop and hooked it onto the bar and the clip. I tried that once.

It was a lot easier to use the pulley than when I lifted it straight up and when I put the rope over the bar without the pulley.

I learned it is easier to use a pulley than lift it straight up.That is what I learned that day.

4 comments

  1. Hi Betty. I heard your story on the radio yesterday and it got me very excited. My family live in Ottawa and my daughter Evelyn is nine too. I plan to show her your blog and your family blog and my hope is that together we will follow your journey. Best of luck to you and your family.

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  2. Hi, this is Evelyn! Playing with the pulleys looked really fun! I wish I was there. Did you know that a movable pulley takes less force to lift stuff than a fixed pulley? That`s because the stuff is being lifted by the ceiling and you. [Ask your Dad for more details.]
    Just keep that for next time you`re using pulleys. I liked reading your blog entries!

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