Category: Rudder

Steering Component Design

It has been a while since the last mention of the boat’s steering system. Final framing under the aft cabin berth has been waiting on the final design/fitting of the below-decks steering mechanics. I have putting this project off as…

‘Go Faster’ Bits are In

Weather provided the opportunity to glue the shims in to take up the gap between the rudder and skeg (about 1.5 inches). The shims were machined from Coosa, coated with epoxy and attached to the skeg with thickened epoxy. Final…

The Rudder Is In!

Yes! Can you frickin’ believe it? Just a little over a year it has taken, from the engineering to the final lamination. I think this just might be the most complex part of the whole boat construction. Simply because it…

Infusion Success: We Have A Rudder

With much anticipation, the infusion process pretty much went without a hitch. There were a couple of dry spots that the “basketball needle” easily fixed (great idea, thanks Marty), otherwise a perfect infusion. The first picture here is before vacuum.…

Rudder Frame Assembled

Rudder Frame is DONE! Got the final rudder welding done over the weekend. Many thanks for Bob and Jan over at Fidalgo Machine, who, not only did the final welding, but also machined many of the bits. Special thanks to…

Rudder Bearing is IN!

Completed the glass-in of the rudder bearing housing this past weekend. As mentioned in a previous post, the housing is made from FR-10 tubing (thermoset epoxy) and is about 1/2 inch thick. The inside has been turned to receive the…

Rudder Bearing Housing Fitted

So I got the Westsail’s rudder bearing housing glued in permanently. Picture here shows it in place with the bearing and cap removed for illustration. The housing has sideways and aft reinforcement along the axes of the rudder post. Those…

Upper Rudder Bearing

Pics of the upper rudder bearing and housing. The bearing is a Jefa self-aligning roller bearing, as spec’d by our engineer. The original plan provided to us had the bearing directly glassed to the hull above the port for the…