Rudder and Steering Gear

Here is an in depth progress report of how I repaired the RUDDER

The Wheel in the wheelhouse is fixed to the steering column (made by Sestrel) and this in turn goes right through the boat, through various bearings and gearboxes all coupled together with a bronze shaft. This was all in good order with little or no wear.

The Steering box on the stern was basically working, but had some play, and the Spline'd tube that takes the Steering wheel out of gear should the emergency tiller be needed has completely seized. This took some serious hours to strip, and we are nearly disassembled ready for engineering work to be done on the splines, and replacement of the oil seals.

On RNLI lifeboats that were designed to be either Shed launched or Beach launched the boats were fitted with a device for "Hauling up" the rudder, this was so that it did not get caught and damaged.

On my boat although she was permanently in the water, this is still the case. The rudder is hauled up, and kept up by 2 Steel hooks and chains. This stops wear on gears in the Steering box. Unfortunately this was not done all the time, and later in its preservation life, not at all (I found the rods in the forward cabin locker's.) Thus when I obtained the boat everything on the rudder had seized, so as well as repairing the rudder, the steering box has to be repaired, to take out the "play".

The rudder timber was in a reasonable condition but the steelwork and fixings not so good, I decided to add a Stainless Steel strap along the length of the rudder to carry the Hauling Eyes, and to extend the Steel strapping that previously just went under the rudder to go around the full edge.

 

Many hours of work went in just to free the rudder from the boat and then free everything else off. The repair's are the quickest thing! (spoke to soon....)

  • Rudder with "Tricing" line Rudder with "Tricing" line
  • Seized Seized
  • Rudder shaft to Steering box coupler Rudder shaft to Steering box coupler
  • top "Hauling eye" Sheared off! top "Hauling eye" Sheared off!
  • Anode fixing plate locations, also hevily plugged over the years Anode fixing plate locations, also hevily plugged over the years
  • Rudder fittings, or what's left of them Rudder fittings, or what's left of them
  • holding up eye position, been "PLUGGED" before holding up eye position, been "PLUGGED" before
  • Rudder and Shaft removed Rudder and Shaft removed
  • Steel Band removed, shaft next Steel Band removed, shaft next
  • Old Rudder band Old Rudder band
  • Tools of the trade! Tools of the trade!
  • Rudder shaft, cleaned up Rudder shaft, cleaned up
  • New steelwork fitted New steelwork fitted
  • Rudder complete in Primer Rudder complete in Primer
  • Top of Rudder steering box, with emergency tiller "socket" Top of Rudder steering box, with emergency tiller "socket"
  • steering box cover showing spline for emergancy tiller steering box cover showing spline for emergancy tiller
  • inside of Rudder steering box, slight wear to be addressed! inside of Rudder steering box, slight wear to be addressed!
  • moving parts that don't! moving parts that don't!
  • Steering box, nearly empty, just the "Splined" tube to be removed! external spline to be built up and re-machined to suite below and internal of steering box cover Steering box, nearly empty, just the "Splined" tube to be removed! external spline to be built up and re-machined to suite below and internal of steering box cover
  • Quadrant cleaned, ready for internal spline to be built up and reground Quadrant cleaned, ready for internal spline to be built up and reground
  • Spline built up and fitted in correct place! Spline built up and fitted in correct place!
  • Rudder and shaft going on.. Rudder and shaft going on..
  • all in place, bolted up..just "tricing" lines to add. all in place, bolted up..just "tricing" lines to add.
     
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