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I pulled the rudder off my 1977 Oday 27 for the first time to facilitate a cutlass bearing replacement. I found some significant corrosion to the shaft.

What I found is some pretty bad corrosion on the aluminum rudder shaft where it meets the rudder blade. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to just buy a new rudder this season, nor do I have the time to rip this one open this season and replace the shaft. I can do that next winter, but no way right now. Rather, I'm looking at some kind of repair.

What I'm thinking is to take the thing to a machine shop and have them add some aluminum to the corroded area which I will then hand file into shape and also have them make me an aluminum rod the exact diameter as the inside of the shaft which I can drive into the shaft, making it something like a solid shaft.

My other option is to pretend I didn't see anything and hope it survives the season and I'll fix it next winter.

Any thoughts? Anyone ever make a repair like this? Or have a spare Oday rudder for cheap?

Specs are as follows: the shaft is 2" OD, after wire brushing the corroded area, at the thinnest point, the shaft is 1.88" in diameter, and the walls of the shaft are approximately .39".

Pics of the damage are here: Photo Album - Imgur
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Re: Rudder shaft corrosion/repair

While that corrosion is not a good thing to find I don't think it should ruin your sailing season.
It is a Catch 22 though. What are your repair options?
- New shaft and rudder (expensive)
- Have it repaired by a metal shop, or
- Repair it yourself with JB Weld or similar epoxy product
- Do nothing and go sailing.

I think I would clean out the corrosion with a wire wheel and apply JB Weld and sand the cured product down to fair and go sailing.
Having someone weld new material in there will make the metal so hot it will likely burn the fiberglass of the rudder - requiring more heroic efforts to repair that damage.
The temporary repair will give you time to hunt around for a replacement.
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I think that i agree with Caleb. Clean it up, patch it, and go sailing... Don't go too far though!

BTW do you grease your rudder bearing? That looks pretty awful...
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Aluminum? O30 has FG tubes with grease fittings. no metal to metal bearings. Yours a tiller boat? Must need that bearing I guess

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Re: Rudder shaft corrosion/repair

No bearings. Plastic (delrin?) bushings in a fiberglass tube. It is a tiller boat. The corrosion is at the waterline. The boat is pretty new to me (this will be my second season in it), and it lived it's last 35 years in saltwater.
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Re: Rudder shaft corrosion/repair

My O'35 has a 3.5" Stainless Steel rudder post, that goes into the rudder tube, which has a grease fitting. I believe that the grease fitting goes into a sleeve bearing, and the rudder tube was glassed around it. There is also a delrin spacer where the post meets the rudder tube - looks just like yours.

What looks like rust in the pic, is actually grease, which cleaned up fine.

There was a little pitting of the tube, but nothing like your pic above.

Every month I am supposed to inject 2-3 pumps from my grease gun, and I will be more attentive to this in the future.


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no delrin on mine guess that's why it's binding. (my other post)

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I pulled the rudder off my 1977 Oday 27 for the first time to facilitate a cutlass bearing replacement. I found some significant corrosion to the shaft.

What I found is some pretty bad corrosion on the aluminum rudder shaft where it meets the rudder blade. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to just buy a new rudder this season, nor do I have the time to rip this one open this season and replace the shaft. I can do that next winter, but no way right now. Rather, I'm looking at some kind of repair.

What I'm thinking is to take the thing to a machine shop and have them add some aluminum to the corroded area which I will then hand file into shape and also have them make me an aluminum rod the exact diameter as the inside of the shaft which I can drive into the shaft, making it something like a solid shaft.

My other option is to pretend I didn't see anything and hope it survives the season and I'll fix it next winter.

Any thoughts? Anyone ever make a repair like this? Or have a spare Oday rudder for cheap?

Specs are as follows: the shaft is 2" OD, after wire brushing the corroded area, at the thinnest point, the shaft is 1.88" in diameter, and the walls of the shaft are approximately .39".

Pics of the damage are here: Photo Album - Imgur
You still have 0.66 total wall thickness in the thinnest area (which is all that matters - weakest link & all that). That should be good for another season. I wouldn't head over the horizon though.

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Re: Rudder shaft corrosion/repair

Caleb, was this an intentional literary pun? If so, Bravo Zulu to you, my friend.

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Caleb, was this an intentional literary pun? If so, Bravo Zulu to you, my friend.
OMG! Yossarian - Catch 22!!
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