Rudder Cheeks: Refit #19 Vlog #35

Arrrrr me hearties! Welcome aboard.

Fall is truly upon us. My fantasy of having a lot of the work on Little Bear complete by  the end of September has vanished like the summer sunshine. The weather has turned cool and is a mixed bag of sun, cloud, and wet-coast rain.

In a week, we’ll turn the clocks back and get back some of our daylight hours. In the mean time life continues to get in the way of piracy, and boat refitting. But we’re still making progress.

In this installment I’ve tackled the rudder cheeks on the boat. The original rudder cheeks were made of some sort of plywood. I’d assume marine grade but you’d never know it from the amount of rot in them.  The starboard side particularly was very bad.  The rudder cheeks don’t seem to be structural / functional. They seem to be more aesthetic than anything, covering a S.S. plate that connects the tiller to the rudder. While not entirely necessary to get the boat sea-worthy they are a significant bit of eye-catching work so it seemed to me that it would be foolish to do all the work on the boat to get it sea-worthy and have an eye-sore on the aft end. So off they’ve come.

As with all things boat, they proved to be more of a challenge than I’d anticipated. I had assumed that removing the through bolts would release the wood and I could simply pry it off the rudder. NOT SO ya scurvy scallywag!  Nope. I explain it in the vid so here, have a look, see:

Fair winds, following seas, and God’s blessing.


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