- With the shaft going into the rudder on my B-25 showing looseness from the
rudder I have been thinking about the welds from the rudder shaft to the
tabs going bad. I read something about this a while back in a boat magazine.
I was thinking that the rudder was made from 2 sides that are fiber glassed
together with the shaft with some tabs welded to it inside. My concern is
that if I cut around the edge of the rudder will the 2 sides come apart or
will I have something, fiberglass, plastic foam or some other unknown
material holding the 2 sides together? My other thought was to cut open one
side where the shaft is to see what I will be into. Cutting the sides apart,
to me, seems like the best way as I can rejoin them with fiberglass mating.
I was hoping that maybe someone had their Bayfield rudder apart and some
more information. Not that I want anyone to have rudder problems. I never
worried about a broken rudder on my old sailboat as it was varnished
hardwood hung on the stern and if I had a problem I could steer with my
outboard. In all the years I had the boat I had the tiller crack were it
went into a rectangular hole in the top of the rudder. That was when I found
I could use the outboard to get back to the dock. I made a repair by using
1/4 inch aluminum stock to reinforce the tiller on both sides where it went
into the rudder. My step-son has the boat now and it is still with my
repaired tiller. I did the repair back in the mid 1970's.
Does anyone have knowledge of how or the best way to take the Bayfield
rudder apart for repairs?
Thanks for any help,
B-25 "Real McCoy Too"
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