Rudder Repair & Extension for the Whitby

Repairing the rudder on our 1980 42′ Whitby

After pulling Trini out of the water to paint the hull, Kelly noticed it would easily move from side to side.  A disturbing discovery.

The boat was raised higher so we could take off the rudder. We found the pin from the bottom of the rudder was worn to a nub and no longer fit in the shoe.  Also the rudder’s shaft was loose.  We’ve read from other Whitby owners this is a common problem with the rudder and that the rudder is too small for the boat making it harder to turn.

 Since repair was needed at the same time we decided to have it lengthened.  Fortunately we were at a boat yard that could do the work while we finished inspecting our through-hulls, paint, replace our motor shaft and the other odd items we planned to complete.

 Rudder Extention

Rudder in Need of Repair
Rudder in Need of Repair

 

 

Sanded down to the gel coat

Added a filler piece to extend it
Added a filler piece to extend it

 

New Fiber Glass
New Fiber Glass
Adding Resin
Adding Resin

 

Once the Rudder was ready, it had to go back on the boat.

Rudder goes back on
Rudder goes back on

 

A new PIN was fabricated into the rudder so it would fit snug into the shoe.

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Lining the shoe and bracket to the shaft takes time.

 

Added 5200 to secure the shoe
Added 5200 to secure the shoe
Install shoe
Install shoe

 

Install clamp
Install clamp

 

Once the rudder was secured, a grey coat of barrier compound and then bottom paint was applied.

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Trini’s new look – An extended rudder and clean bottom

New Rudder

The Result of all this hard work is better turning radius and a rudder that will stay on.

 

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