Jan 23, 2020

In part two of the series, we follow Graham’s repairs to Pitoraq’s rudder.

“Align and fit the housings”

With old boats every repair seems to uncover something else needing attention.  Removing the top rudder bearing and enlarging the opening for the new bearing revealed an area of wet balsa core.

Wet Balsa Core Around FittingWet balsa core around opening for new bearing

I cut back the top layer of the deck to where the core was sound and dry, plus a bit to make the cut-out symmetrical.

Cut Back the Top Layer of the Deck
Next, I started the fiberglass repair to the deck and did the rough alignment for the top rudder bearing. For the initial alignment I used a piece of steel tubing clamped to the skeg.




Steel Tubing Clamped to the Skeg

cut back the top layer of the deck to where the core was sound and dry

The top bearing looks properly positioned and ready to be glassed in.




The Top Bearing

But first the bottom bearing needs to be fit in the hull penetration. 

Below: steel tubing clamped to the skeg

 

 

 

 

Right: The top bearing

 

 

 

The bottom bearing needed to be mounted on the inside of the hull, it could not go through the hull like the top bearing went through the deck because the skeg is directly underneath. The problem is that the hull is neither flat nor square to the rudder shaft.  To fix that, I started by making a router template matching the outer diameter of the bearing. 



I then positioned it square to the axis of the shaft using shims and glued it down using a hot melt glue gun.  I used a router to machine a flat recess for the lower rudder bearing.  



Pretty happy with the result, The bearing sits flat and snug in a recess that will support side loads.

Next step is to put the rudder in place and bond the bearings into the hull and deck.

In preparation for permanently fixing the rudder bearings into the hull and deck, I put the rudder in place with the bearings on the stock and shimmed and clamped the rudder to hold it in alignment.

With everything in place, starting with the lower bearing, I bonded the bearing housings with fillets of filled epoxy. I then built up around them with layers of fiberglass and West System epoxy.

In conjunction with the top bearing installation I also built up the bottom layer of the deck where the soaked core was removed. The next step will be to remove the rudder again and do the repairs to it at home while the deck refinishing continues on site.

Next issue we will take a look at the tent that Graham constructed so that he could work on the boat throughout the winter.

Related Articles

DIY & How to

  • Prev
Building on our last two editions (Sealants, and Fibreglass, respectively), Gelcoat is the next ...
After a successful R2Ak and regatta season in 2019, I felt that Pitoraq was due for a major ...
Pause for a moment and ponder this question. How much is your life and your safety at sea worth? ...
Last edition we talked about sealants to perform tasks like bedding and sealing. Other tasks like ...
Over the winter, a many-thousand pound fiberglass, wood or metal shell is held in position by only ...
Since the late 19th century, a debate has raged on the relative merits of diesel fuel over ...
This bag does more than hold your anchor and rode in one tidy little pile. After you’ve anchored ...
Purchase your copy of the BRAND NEW Ports Georgian Bay 2020 Edition at the Toronto International ...
The boat was put on the hard for this winter and were going to follow along with Graham as he ...
In this part, we’ll delve deeper into the other parts of the boat found below the water line: the ...

2005 Ocean Alexander 58 PilothouseBy Mike Schwarz

Pause for a moment and ponder this question. How much is your life and your safety at sea worth? Most people would say priceless and impossible to put a value on. And yet many people seem to misunderstand the worth and principle role of a marine surveyor, whose very job it is to ensure your safety at sea by surveying, inspecting and reporting on your expensive, potential new purchase. Instructing a marine surveyor to work on your behalf should never be seen as a distress purchase where price is the all-important factor, rather it is an essential requirement.

Read more about Small Craft Marine Surveyors........................

 

  

Boat Reviews

  • Prev
The newest member of Beneteau’s Gran Turismo line is the GT 36 and this yacht brings the style and ...
With a philosophy of quality and 'doing things right Ranger Tugs launches the all new R-25 at the ...
The new Beneteau Swift Trawler 41 renews the spirit of the practical seaworthy cruiser. The ...
The Canadian Yachting test crew last week had the opportunity to run the Bavaria S36 HT at St ...

Excess 12 and 15By Kieran Flatt

Catamarans have many advantages for cruising: more space, more speed, no heeling and a more comfortable motion. However, many experienced sailors find them less rewarding and engaging to sail than a monohull. That isn’t an inherent problem with multihulls, though. Rather, it reflects the fact that most cruising cats built in the last ten years have been aimed primarily at the charter market, designed above all to be docile and easy for novices to handle.

 

Read more about the Excess 12 and 15....................

Destinations

  • Prev
Boom & Batten Restaurant is suspended over the water adjacent to the Songhees Walkway and ...
Provincial Boat Havens are those special places to drop anchor in British Columbia’s West Coast and ...
NW Explorations, a Bellingham, Washington-based yacht charter, brokerage, and marine services ...

UclueletOn the west coast of Vancouver Island Ucluelet is straddled between the famous Pacific Rim and the iconic Broken Islands.

The Ucluelet Boat Basin is steps away from the downtown core, and half-way between the iconic Long Beach and the Wild Pacific Trail

You are encouraged to take advantage of the untamed nature and sublime scenery while surfing, hiking, and enjoying the wildlife. Make the Ucluelet your base for exploration and adventure.

Read more about Ucluelet......................

 

Marine Products

  • Prev
Good news Boaters, two new PORTS Editions will be released this Winter 2020 in time for the ...
SailTimer Inc. made the first masthead anemometer that could transmit to smartphones and tablets. ...
A bit of a departure - CYOB’s contributor Glen has not yet run the Escalade, but we figure you ...
At last month’s Toronto boat show, there certainly was a lot to see. One exhibitor Woodard and ...
Last month, Canadian based ZOLEO announced the launch the world’s first truly seamless global ...
Since the days of the astrolabe, sailors have looked to the skies to determine the weather. If only ...
Since 1984 PORTS Cruising Guides have been the cruising boater's essential companion. But now PORTS ...
Canada’s largest independent fiberglass boat builder, Campion, has launched Muskoka, The M26 is 8.4 ...
It is not often I get to drive the newer model of something I own. Most of the time the model I own ...
Good news cruisers, it’s coming in early Summer 2020 – PORTS Rideau Canal and Lower Ottawa River ...