Well I am happy to say that the rudder
is installed, and my ship is back in her natural environment
. This was not without ado. After driving to the boat and fitting the rudder, I discovered that the top pintle was mounted so it hung the rudder an 1/8th of an inch too far aft. This resulted in the lower end of the rudder being fractionally too near the keel
when it was turned.... creating a binding situation.
It was a 3 1/2 hour drive home again with the rudder. Strip some bottom paint
, and sand it down, and glass and epoxy
and then more bottom paint
. Anyway, the rudder is on! She's off the hard! That is not the end of this story though.... on returning to her slip.... there was a mishap... I think the prop spun off!! The rudder was then jammed over so I couldn't steer. Fortunately a friendly jet-ski towed me over to my slip, where I guess I am going to have to get wet. I don't know much about how props are attached, but I guess I will now have to find out.