[Public-List] Lifting boat by rudder ~ solution

John Birch Sunstone at cogeco.ca
Wed Nov 12 08:32:19 PST 2008

I've been the Facilities Director of our Club for 4 years ending 2 years ago 
and have lifted many an Alberg, my own included. I am ticketed to direct and 
signal the crane.

To avoid this type of error I strongly recommend doing a Counter Lift when 
the boat is in the water, that is placing the aft strap behind the rudder 
and lifting from just behind the horn timber.

When Launching, where we can see the placement clearly, we do the 
traditional Keel lift.

The boat will take it just fine and there is much less chance of error.

Always check the rudder for being free when the straps start to load up and 
stop and lower the boat immediately if either of the following two things 

1. the tiller immediately moves to the side as the straps tighten

2. the tiller feels like it has any drag on it

Always have a person on shore looking under the counter as she starts to 
rise to ensure the strap is behind the horn timber

And don't forget to tie the straps together and fore and aft to a strong 
point like the bow and stern cleats - leading the line along the sheer and 
through the stanchions fairly without point loading anything to avoid strap 



----- Original Message ----- 
From: <crufone at comcast.net>
To: "Alberg, Public List" <public-list at alberg30.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 11:14 AM
Subject: [Public-List] Lifting boat by rudder

> C.B.,
> My understanding is that once the yard realized that the strap was 
> misplaced they stopped lifting and repositioned the aft strap before the 
> final haul out. The owner was present and witnessed their mistake and 
> suggested that the yard repair the damage done to his boat.
> Michael
> WOW! the picked up the boat with one strap on the rudder ... lucky they
> didn't loose the boat !
> -- 
> C.B. Currier
> Infinity #57
> Daybreak #458
> crufone at comcast.net wrote:
>> Hi Daniel,
>> Just
> before I purchased my boat the yard began to lift it and the strap
>> was on the rudder. This caused the rudder to slam to one side,
> which
>> broke the tiller end fitting but not the wooden
> tiller!!! The yard at
>> their cost replaced both the tiller 'H'
> fitting and the rudder post cap
>> with a new Edson set. While I
> was not there the previous owner mentioned
>> that the yard had to
> mill a key slot into the original rudder post.
>> Apparently they
> did this while the rudder and post was in location on the
> boat. They must have set up some sort of fixture and used a cutter to
>> mill the keyway. I have not taken this apart to see how good a
> job they
>> did. While sailing the tiller is centered nicely and
> the fitting appears
>> to be tight on the rudder post. My boat is
> a 1966 model, Hull #133.
>> I have
> heard that the earlier boats used a pinch bolt set up to hold this
>> fitting on and the later ones used a key system. I believe that
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