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.
Once the Rudder was ready, it had to go back on the boat.
A new PIN was fabricated into the rudder so it would fit snug into the shoe.
Lining the shoe and bracket to the shaft takes time.
Once the rudder was secured, a grey coat of barrier compound and then bottom paint was applied.
Trini’s new look – An extended rudder and clean bottom
The Result of all this hard work is better turning radius and a rudder that will stay on.