[Public-list] Rudder Repair - New Method - Advice Welcome

Austin Meyermann somedaysailor2000 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 29 13:36:46 PDT 2004

I contacted New Found Metals and they said they were out of the business....however, if you need other hardware, they have lots of sale.
They did direct me to Port Townsend Foundry. I will keep everyone posted.


"sousa, stephen (ENG)" <sousa_stephen at emc.com> wrote:

One of the places that you can find bronze pintel/gudgeons for the Alberg is
at New Found Metals in Port Townsend, WA phone number 1-888-437-5512. The
fittings from the Pacific Seacraft Dana 25 are very close to ours, you will
need to rework the rudder a little. 

I installed a set in 1997 and never had a problem. His fittings have a nylon
sleeve which wears and can be replaced. These units have a 5/8" pin and are
very well made. I think the owner is Rick, good to work with and very

I would not use stainless under water for this application. They end up with
crevis corrosion and degrade internally.

Best of luck with your new Alberg and welcome to the family.


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Thank you for the congrats. We love the boat and she just needs a little bit
of work.

The sleeve would be 8.5" long and slid up over the stock. The vanes would
run the length of the sleeve and then extend 6" out on either side of the
rudder (sleeve and vanes would be bronze). I would then through bolt
(offset) four times. 

The rudder is wood coated in fiberglass. 

The pins sheared at the point of connection with the stock. Supposedly they
were bronze but I don't know. 

Mike Connelly mentioned that he would not trust an exopy resin due to the
torque (with regard to adhereing the sleeve to the stock). I don't know
enought to agree or disagree, but the torque would be displaced over the
total area of the epoxy bond. If epoxy total covered the area between the
stock and the sleeve, I would think there wouldn't be an issue. 

Your thoughts?


nwiddie wrote:
First of all, congratulations on your new boat.

As for the gudgeon, the originals were generally sand-cast bronze. If you
look at http://www.alberg30.org/maintenance/Steering/Gudgeons/
you'll see both a cast and a welded gudgeon. You can also machine one, but I
think the best solution would be to have one cast. Phil Beigel has had
rudder shoes cast and could tell you where you can get it done. In fact, it
might be good to get a small supply cast at one time.

As for the rudder stock, please describe your setup in more detail. Whitby
has used a number of different arrangements over the years. A couple of
these are mentioned in the Alberg 30 Maintenance Manual.

Do you have a wooden or fiberglass rudder? Where are the pins that are

I don't know of any A30's with zincs on the rudder. It's not normally a
problem. Even the pin into the rudder shoe usually wears before it corrodes

- George

On Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 07:08:41AM -0700, Austin Meyermann wrote:
> Hello to all!
> I am the new owner of Inherit the Wind (formerly owned my Mike 
> McGovern). I bought her last May and sailed her from Green Point to 
> Young's Boatyard. On that note, that was my first time captaining a 
> sailboat, my only crew was a friend who had never sailed, and we got 
> into enough wind to take in a reef on the main! But what a day!! We 
> had a blast and she sailed great.
> I have sailed her most of this year with gear in marginal shape. I 
> figured that this year was my year to sail all that I could and I 
> could fix anything over winter.....well, I did not make it to winter.
> A month ago, I left my slip and was motoring down the channel when I 
> lost steerage. This resulted in a swim to shore, a tow from Phil (the 
> owner of Young's and a great guy), and a haul out.
> The 1/4" pins that attach the rudder stock to the rudder had sheared 
> (no zincs below the waterline). Additionally, the gudgeon that 
> attaches to pintle in the rudder was cracked...stainless steel bolts 
> through the bronze....again no zincs.
> So....this leaves me now with a fun project. Please advise on fixing 
> the gudgeon, I know these are not a off the shelf item (far from it). 
> Should I get a new one machined (don't want to because I think that it 
> would be expensive)?
> With regard to the other problem with the pins, I think that I have a 
> novel solution. I am going to install a sleeve (1.25" ID) over the 
> rudder stock (1.25" OD) and on that sleeve I am going to weld 2 vanes. 
> The vanes will hug the rudder on both sides and I will cross bolt 
> through the vanes and rudder. To attach the sleeve to the rudder 
> stock, I will use epoxy. The vans should displace the force over the 
> length of the welded on the sleeve and give superior strength to the 
> traditional .25" pins.
> Any thoughts?
> I look forward to hearing from and meeting you all soon!!!
> Austin & Lucy Meyermann #365 Inherit the Wind
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