Cal 2-27 - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 03-02-2009 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Cal 2-27

I'm facing the replacement of the rudder bearing on my 1978 Cal 2-27. Can anyone provide advice on necessary parts and where to get them?

Scuppers52 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 03-12-2009
countrybumpkin's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Franklin TN
Posts: 66
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
sorry, but I will watch any response
countrybumpkin is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 3 Old 03-13-2009
Old as Dirt!
svHyLyte's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 3,193
Thanks: 20
Thanked 154 Times in 146 Posts
Rep Power: 9
What Bearing?


Unless your boat has been modified, there is no bearing in the rudder shaft tube of a Cal 2-27. It was simply glass laid up around a waxed shaft. When it wears, which it will, the fix typically involves dropping your rudder, applying a thick layer of wax to it so that epoxy or resin will not stick to it, and filling the space around the rudder shaft in the tube with new epoxy or polyester resin.

To do that one drills a hole horizontally into the shaft tube near the base at the hull and three more holes near the top of the tube, below the shaft gland, at 120* from one another. One then reinserts the rudder shaft into the tube and trues it vertically, to the extent possible, and packs plasticine clay around the shaft where it emerges from the hull above rudder blade to block the tube. Then, screw a zirk fitting into the hole in the tube near the base and pump lean epoxy or resin into the tube through that until one sees it emerge from the holes near the top of the tube. When that shows up, block the holes with a short screw or peg. Once the drips of resin that emerged from the holes near the top of the tube begin to "green", you can remove the zirk fitting from the bottom and replace it with a similar sized machine screw with a little epoxy on the threads that will lock it in place forever. The wax on the rudder shaft prevents the epoxy or resin from adhering to it and the holes in the tube are sealed by the epoxy or resin. Once the epoxy or resin has thoroughly set up, you can work the rudder shaft back and forth a few times to ensure there is no adhesion to that.

The foregoing technique was used to restore the rudder shaft tube on a 1976 Cal 2-29 we used to own, which has, essentially, the same construct as the 2-27 and it worked very well.


s/v HyLyte

"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
svHyLyte is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cal 39 owners techjunc Cal 8 03-04-2016 12:57 AM
Cal 20-- Excellent Starter Boat Jim H Cal 8 03-17-2013 11:21 AM
Cal 39 & Bill Lapworth Bluesmoods Boat Review and Purchase Forum 24 05-07-2012 04:57 PM
Checking out a Cal 29 - Advice needed jarcher Cal 10 02-01-2010 06:22 PM
King Ericson or Lapworth Cal tgarrett16 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 03-09-2008 07:48 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome