Where do I find good rudder fittings in the EU?

  • 20 Jan 2020 22:41
    Reply # 8634019 on 8569462

    I could not find anything,  so fabricated my own.  You can stick weld stainless with the right rods. I also settled for securing them with studding expoxyed in the rudder blade and transom. ...OK so far.

    You can just see the ones in the rudder in this post from Befur's Blog

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    Last modified: 20 Jan 2020 22:46 | Anonymous member
  • 14 Jan 2020 17:26
    Reply # 8571666 on 8569462

    Weaverbird has rudder fittings of the 'gudgeons plus long rod' type. I agree that getting a welder to make a set is the best option.

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  • 14 Jan 2020 17:13
    Reply # 8571594 on 8569462


    I notice there are a few manufacturers of sailing boats in Sweden. Maxi yachts, Halberg Rassy and maybe more.

    Might they have something suitable you could buy?

  • 14 Jan 2020 17:03
    Reply # 8571485 on 8569462
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Not only are the prices rather stiff; the bits are also unlikely to fit a thick, large rudder. If you have any chance to get help from a local welder, I suggest you make something like on my sketch, below. Both the hinges on the rudder and on the transom will be of the gudgeon type (no pintles). Instead of pintles, a long rod spanning both the upper and lower hinge should be used. The photo of that windvane hinge demonstrates the method.

    The brilliant thing with this setup is that one can achieve perfect alignment, almost without trying.


    (PS: Read the captions of the diagrams as well)

  • 14 Jan 2020 14:29
    Reply # 8570273 on 8569462

    Oh dear, how right you were, David!

  • 14 Jan 2020 12:45
    Reply # 8569577 on 8569462

    Classic Marine

    - but you won't like the price!!

  • 14 Jan 2020 12:31
    Message # 8569462

    As I'm making a new transom-hung rudder, I have noticed a problem of finding good rudder fittings.

    Although my boat is only 1500kg and 22', I find impossible to rely on e.g. seasure fittings - especially because the rudder will be quite big and without a skeg.

    Where do I find strong fittings in the EU? 

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