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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This Old Boat book cover This Old Boat by Don Casey

Subtitled "turn a rundown fiberglass boat into a first-class yacht on a shoestring budget," this book is the best introduction I know boat maintenance for the new or prospective owner of a "modern classic" sailboat. Starting with guidelines for selecting a boat, Casey proceeds to fiberglass repairs, cabin and deckwork, spars and rigging, boat equipment, woodwork, electrical, plumbing, refrigeration, painting, canvas work and sails. All of this is described in clear, simple terms perfect for the inexperienced. This is the book that taught me fiberglass work. But don't let it fool you; this book is appropriate for experienced boatowners, too. I still refer to it.

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