Originally Posted by roverhi
I've been holding off hauling the boat to do the same thing that you did. Figured I'd have to drop the rudder to machine the stock for a keyway for the sleeve.
Do you have videos of the construction of the deck plate? Constructing that has been puzzling around in my head.
No videos, but I can describe it. I laminated 2 pieces 1/4 inch marine plywood
together for base, and cut a piece of PVC pipe that fit my bearing that the rudder post passes through. Once I had my rudder post extension fitted in place, I slipped the plywood base and PVC pipe into place over rudder post. The plywood had an elongated hole to accomodate the PVC pipe passing through at an angle.
I slipped the PVC with bearing onto rudder post to set it in place and get the correct angle. Then used thickened West epoxy
to set the angle between PVC pipe and the plywood base. Once dry, took deck plate home, and used fiberglass
mat and West epoxy
to cover the plywood and PVC thickly and strongly. Used marine sealant
to attach the bearing into the inside of the PVC. Bolted entire assembly to floor. Works great.
I was lucky my existing rudder post already had full length keyway for quadrant, so no dropping rudder.
As will you, I LOVE steering
with tiller now. Can even sit on companionway
sill under dodger
to steer now, which is great in cold or wet weather