I recently gave my rudder a good smack off Foulness Sands..!, and it has left the bottom 4 inches of the pin bent. I could hammer it straight, but it will never be perfect again. It is 10mm stainless, does anyone know, is this already oversized, I know some Sonatas drill them out to the next size up, and does anyone know a supplier?
This one stirred some distant memories so I searched around a bit. Here’s a quote from a 1995 Sonata newsletter:
RUDDER PINS – The original pin was 3/8″ (9.5mm) diameter and after a period of time the rudder becomes slack. It is simple enough to drill out the fittings to 10mm and the Association has acquired a supply of 10mm rudder pins. The cost of this is £18 including p&p.
A later newsletter says that the Association has run out of rudder pins but one member was using two separate 10mm bolts in the upper and lower fitting instead of the single long pin. No idea if this is a – within the class rules, b – seaworthy. Anyone have any experience of the two-bolt solution?
Obliged for that, it’s exactly what I have done, the local engineering shop very kindly made me 2 new pins for £15, (one for spare) in 10mm stainless. The bolt solution would’t work, as my rudder is the lifting type, and needs the pin to slide up and down on. The old one was in fact 9.5, so it’s tightened it all up nicely.