Weakness in Rudder

I have recently found a weak spot in the rudder linkage on my boat.  It seems that Harstad used a weak gudgeon on these boats.  On the way back from Catalina, we had our lower support snap, and then later the upper snapped.  When the upper went, we lost all control and had to call BoatUS for a tow.

When we made it back to the slip, we were met at the dock by a gentleman named Dan who has repaired and renovated sailboats in the past.  He looked at what was left of the pintle and gudgeon, and told me that the metal piece was way too thin and that is probably why it ended up snapping under the stress of the weather were were in.  We have found a replacement that appears to be much stronger, and I will be installing it this week.

Published in: Boat Information on October 28, 2009 at10:00 am Comments (0)

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