Rudderpost Repair on Hull #69

Here are photos of rudder details on Hull #69. You will see that at least on this boat the pintle is a 1/2" stainless pin let into the bronze rudder shoe; the ruddershaft connect is a drilled out 6" length of bronze (reworked prop shaft) drilled out to receive the pintle and drilled and tapped for the silicon bronze bolts at the two notched sections of lower rudder.

I also replaced corroded bronze straps throughout, actually with a heavier brass strap as I couldn't find bronze. I mortised out for the greater thickness and once all was complete I glassed it all in. No good picture of final product but I think the structure is pretty clear.

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Offshore Sailing book cover Offshore Sailing by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr

We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.

The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.

Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking, boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.

Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his stuff.

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