I have chewed mine up several times and repaired it. Here in the islands a popup rudder is a real asset. Not being attached to a spring gudgeon would be a rreal problem for me. I have managed to get on the rocks or a reef several times while fishing and sailing near shore but was able to pop the rudder off and push off far enough to start the outboard. I still have the original rudder albeit a little ugly and probably needs smoothing and feathering to be competitive. But the sails and skipper are both old and stretched so what's the use! I am a cruiser anyway.
Chuck and Barbara Vande Wetering
"We can't control the wind, but we can adjust the sails."
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2004 04:17:23
Subject: Rudder blade/prop damage
My rudder blade has been chewed by my OB prop! There is a small section, approximately 3-4 inches long, on the trailing edge that has been “chewed” by the prop maybe ˝” in. deep. Have I probably gotten a wet core now or can I repair this and be OK? Or should I satisfy my desires and just get a new blade in the kick-up version? J
My rudder doesn’t attach to a spring gudgeon and is secured with a bolt and insert nut. I don’t remove it because of this and it’s unwieldy size since the boat is moored. But my OB is very difficult to turn so I also use the rudder to steer while motoring. I’m usually careful about trying to go to starboard because I know the prop can hit the blade but one time recently I had to make a quick hard to starboard and I think that is when the blade got gnawed on. Do others have this same problem? Do you attach the OB to the rudder head for same-effect steering?