Can’t find what you’re looking for? Parts no longer available? Can’t wait 6-8 weeks for the manufacturer? Is your boat so customized you need that one of a kind piece to do the job? Look no further than Bobby Soles Propeller. We can fabricate custom parts for your boats at prices you might not expect from custom work. With on-site plasma cutting, welding, and machining we can have your custom part ready in days. Call us today!
Rudder and Strut Repair
The most obvious and major problems you may experience with your rudders and struts, typically from a hard grounding, involves bending. In rudders, a bent post, or even the rudder blade itself being bent, can alter turning radius. Depending on the degree of the bend, you may notice this simply by a change in the way your vessel steers. A bent strut however might be more noticeable in a vibration, bearing wear, and shaft bending and wear. Just like propellers though, most of these examples are repairable.
Some more minor issues, but much more difficult to detect is wear and corrosion at or just inside the rudder seal area. Over time the seal can create a groove around the post that will allow the incursion of water into the seal area. The stagnant water that sits underneath the seal can then lead to the pitting in the rudder post. Rudder post damage such as this will eventually cause unwanted water leaking through the rudder post seal into your vessel. It is very important that when your vessel isout of the water for routine maintenance you drop the rudder and inspect the seal area. Early detection can save you in the long run. The skilled welders and machinists at Bobby Soles Propeller can repair rudder post damage and get you back cruising again in no time.
When repairing your rudder post is not an option let Bobby Soles Propeller fabricate a new one. Re-posting a rudder and using your existing blade can be done quickly saving you time and money versus replacing the entire rudder.
Some rudders are made with a fairing plate that covers the area where the post and blade are welded together. This plate is designed create a smooth water flow past the rudder. In most cases however, the fairing plate is the first thing to succumb to the cavitation created from the propeller wash. Let Bobby Soles Propeller save your rudders by removing the fairing plate and re-welding the area to create the proper water flow to prolong the life of your rudders.