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US27inKS 11-09-2008 11:22 PM

Bent Rudder
 
Upon pulling my friends Sabre 28 yesterday, we found that he bent the rudder stock when he went aground last fall. Anyone have a good procedure for straightening a rudder stock without gutting the stock from the rudder?

I know we'll have to remove the rudder from the boat, but then what?

sailingdog 11-10-2008 07:41 AM

US27-

It would help to know what the stock is made of. Also, where is the stock bent?

xsboats 11-10-2008 08:12 AM

If you are able to straighten the rudder shaft, whether it is stainless steel or bronze, the force required to bend it a second time will be significantly less. If it is a composite shaft ,it is really broken , not bent. In either case, I would split the rudder ,remove the shaft and plate, and replace it. I bent a rudder shaft during a grounding once,straightened it , then had the rudder break off at the same location.This left no pattern to go by when I started from scratch building a new one. Best to do it right the first time.

US27inKS 11-10-2008 10:46 AM

Thanks, the stock appears to be stainless and is bent where the stock enters the rudder. The owner is not very handy, and I don't feel like doing this repair for him. The good news is that Sabre is still in business, and can sell him a new one. I think that's what I'll tell him to do.

Idiens 11-10-2008 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by US27inKS (Post 399428)
The good news is that Sabre is still in business, and can sell him a new one. I think that's what I'll tell him to do.

Wise move, he'll get a guarantee with it too.

sailingdog 11-10-2008 10:53 AM

saves you some headaches too. :)
Quote:

Originally Posted by US27inKS (Post 399428)
Thanks, the stock appears to be stainless and is bent where the stock enters the rudder. The owner is not very handy, and I don't feel like doing this repair for him. The good news is that Sabre is still in business, and can sell him a new one. I think that's what I'll tell him to do.


Boasun 11-10-2008 11:42 AM

Most machine shops have a hydraulic press. For a few sheckles you can have them straighten the rudder post to within the specs for your vessel.
Have done this a couple of times. But be sure that that rudder post is mag fluxed for any cracks. Because if there are cracks it is either welding or replacement time.


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