Planning a Refit—Rudders, Repair or Replacement

Looks like a new rudder. Let's find out what it probably cost.

In Part 1, I built on Colin's article to understand just how bad the situation with rudders on old fibreglass boats is. If you have not read that, please do so now, otherwise what follows will not make sense to you.

Now let's get positive and look at what to do if we find that our boat, or one we are thinking of buying, has a defective rudder, as well as what the fix will cost us.

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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