Published: 15 Jan 2015
Boat Projects & Solutions
A series of FREE Mini Guides for boating projects that run through the basic steps for the practical boat owner. This Mini Guide concentrates on what to look for when inspecting, repairing or renewing the Underwater Gear including the propeller shaft, rudder and anode condition.
Check the propeller shaft is running true when the boat is out of the water. A simple visual check for signs of wear, particularly near the P-bracket where a ‘ring’ of wear can appear and any bend, which can be caused by hitting the bottom, can help to highlight any bad oscillation.
Rudder stocks can split at the fork where the blade joins and should be examined. Sometimes the rivets loosen and the blades need to be tightened.
If there appears to be more serious damage or electrolysis has set in then a new rudder is usually the only option. Look for signs of ‘pinkness’ and pitting in the blade close to the stock.
Look for bent blades, electrolysis around the stock (if metals have been mixed) and snapped rudder stocks.
Check the bolts are holding firm and that there is no sign that the P-bracket has been knocked and bent at all.
A more regular maintenance check and replacement of the cutlass bearing is by far the most common problem with P-bracket enquires.
If you have a mix of metals underwater then a right anode helps guard against electrolysis. Replace anodes if eroded or damaged. Remember not to antifoul over anodes as this will prevent them working as they should.
Additional underwater gear equipment & accessories.