Rudder flat & Steering

The rudder flat was a large space, dirty & full of redundant pipes, wires and systems. The steering gear was badly rusted but fortunately only superficially. Originally it seemed that the area contained the main fresh water tanks but these had long since been removed.

Badly rusted steering geard
Badly rusted rudder mechanism.
Badly rusted main rudder mechanism supports
Badly rusted main rudder mechanism supports

The area was cleaned woodwork stripped and painted. The steering mechanism was stripped of paint and rust, primed and painted. We removed several redundant rudder feed-back mechanisms and installed a the correct one for the new autopilot system.

Badly rusted main hydraulic rudder rams
Badly rusted main hydraulic rudder rams

The hydraulic steering rams were removed, reconditioned and re-installed together with new hoses and connections.

 

 

De-rusted, cleaned and primed rudder mechanism. Note new hydraulic lines.
De-rusted, cleaned and primed rudder mechanism. Note new hydraulic lines.

Two new 450 litre stainless steel fully baffled fresh water tanks were installed into the rudder flat. These tanks are connected to the main fresh water system in the engine room. Electronic sensors, with readout in the engine room indicate water levels. Both tanks overflow to the sea at the rear of the boat.

New 450 litre SS starboard side fresh water tank
New 450 litre SS starboard side fresh water tank

Two new 24 Volt bilge pumps were installed  in the rudder flat and connected to over-boards in the rear of the boat. Power to the bilge pumps comes from the main switchboard.

There are two X 12 volt batteries housed in the rear of the rudder flat. These provide power to the tender winch. The batteries are charged from the main 24V battery charger in the engine room.

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