Well I wasn’t expecting my first post for a year to be this……
When we bought Anne Marie she was high and dry in the boatyard with a broken rudder. The shaft had been bent and the yard owner and sliced through the shaft with an angle grinder. We were told that the rudder had come out of its lower pintle due to constant grounding in the mud berth. The shaft had then bent by the force of the boat, current and mud.
I designed a new shaft and after a lot of searching found the correct sized stainless steel bar. I had it machined and welded, and designed and fitted a new set of bearings and repaired the hull. This is described in a previous post.
But yesterday I thought the top of the shaft looked different and it wouldn’t turn so today at low tide I looked and this is what I found:
You can clearly see that instead of being nice and straight the rudder is bent sideways. So I have booked a slot at a neighbouring yard’s drying area for two weeks time. I will remove the rudder , making sure the boat is leak-proof and start the repairs. I will also try to drop it further back tomorrow so that the bottom of the rudder is not in the mud (good luck with that).
So much for our first sail in August! BOATS!