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Wooden Rudder
Posted by: kkbanks (IP Logged)
Date: January 17, 2017 01:52AM
Category: Steering and rudder

Greetings,

Solimar is fitted with a wooden rudder. Finding that the rudder bushings were worn I replaced them. In the process of removing the rudder both sacrificial retaining bolts sheered off. Trust me I did everything possible for this NOT to happen...Seriously.

My question(s) are:

- How buoyant is the rudder? Will it float of the pintles? I would imagine the rudder could easily get bounced, so to speak, off the pintles in a heavy sea.

Note, from day one of owning BCC 114 I installed half inch blocks of starboard in the cutouts to prevent this happening in the event of the bolts failing. The blocks are easily knocked out in the event of grounding.

= Will my starboard blocks suffice or do I need to figure out how to drill out the two sacrificial bolts?

- Any tricky tricks on how to drill out the sheered bolts. There is no possible drilling angle due to the cutout dimensions.

- I don't have access to hi end boatyard services or tool shops as we are still in French Polynesia so please consider this in your response.

Thank you,
Kendal




Re: Wooden Rudder
Posted by: svshaula (IP Logged)
Date: January 20, 2017 04:18AM
Category: Steering and rudder

kkbanks Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Greetings,
>
> Solimar is fitted with a wooden rudder.
I have no experience with a wooden rudder, only a foam/fiberglass one.


> Finding that the rudder bushings were worn I replaced
> them.
Good idea.

>In the process of removing the rudder both sacrificial retaining bolts sheered off. Trust me I did everything possible for this NOT to happen...Seriously.

> My question(s) are:
>
> - How buoyant is the rudder? Will it float of the
> pintles? I would imagine the rudder could easily
> get bounced, so to speak, off the pintles in a
> heavy sea.
>
> Note, from day one of owning BCC 114 I installed
> half inch blocks of starboard in the cutouts to
> prevent this happening in the event of the bolts
> failing. The blocks are easily knocked out in the
> event of grounding.
>
> = Will my starboard blocks suffice or do I need to
> figure out how to drill out the two sacrificial
> bolts?
>
> - Any tricky tricks on how to drill out the
> sheered bolts. There is no possible drilling angle
> due to the cutout dimensions.
>
> - I don't have access to hi end boatyard services
> or tool shops as we are still in French Polynesia
> so please consider this in your response.
>
> Thank you,
> Kendal

I think I'd replace the bolts. So you twisted off the head of the bolt? If you remove the rudder do you have enough access to the pintle pin to be able to drill out the old bolt? If not I guess you'll have to remove the pintle from the rudder which would make using a drill press possible. Using new sharp drills, starting small, and then using an extractor has worked for me in similar situations.




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