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