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Old 10-22-2021, 11:35 AM   #21
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There’s no way that is an intentional bend!
It would do nothing to counteract prop walk, and if it were a trim tab, why would it just be on the bottom corner?
It does need to be fixed, or at least cut off, because it is creating drag by interrupting the flow over the rudder, and will eventually show cavitation erosion.
The dude backed into something solid, and bent the crap out of the rudder.
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Old 10-23-2021, 12:19 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the replies.
Its been that way since i purchased the boat and had considered that it may have been done on purpose to compensate for something or it just took a wallop.
The boat steers but I really wouldnt know if it steers well or not.
I personally put around 400 NM on it from The Exumas to Florida.

At this point im going to just leave it alone for now.
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Old 10-23-2021, 01:52 PM   #23
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Thanks for all the replies.
Its been that way since i purchased the boat and had considered that it may have been done on purpose to compensate for something or it just took a wallop.
The boat steers but I really wouldnt know if it steers well or not.
I personally put around 400 NM on it from The Exumas to Florida.

At this point im going to just leave it alone for now.
If you can check the rudder post that comes through-hull into bilge and all seems OK... then leaving as is is surely an option. I doubt that bend affects fuel use and nmph much at all doing displacement cruise speed. After 400 NM trip with no ill affects... it sort of sounds steady as she goes will suffice at least for a while - until chance to haul and repair. Be careful. Repeat checks on through-hull rudder post would be good idea!

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Old 10-24-2021, 05:55 AM   #24
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It may be just as easy to attack it with a cutting disk and remove the bent area if you think you will not be removing too much rudder area.
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Old 10-25-2021, 02:31 PM   #25
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Bent Rudder

Just went through dealing with my bent rudder port side on my vessel. It is a Bayliner 3870 with the strut, prop and rudder mounted in a half tunnel.

I had picked up a chunk of wood that lodged between the prop & the side wall of the tunnel. Very ugly. Prop had one blade damaged, the strut was bent, as was the rudder. Pulled everything to check degree of damage and do repairs or replacement.

Drive shaft was OK, but replaced the cutlass, strut trued up in a press along with the rudder. Prop was repaired in a prop shop. Along with other concerns I wanted a look at the rudder shaft and its stuffing box as it was a nasty clunk from driving the prop into the hull in the half tunnel cutting a 1/2" deep slice in the hull

Your rudder should be able to be trued with a press and a knowledgeable mechanic. Like others have commented I would be concerned with any potential damage that may have happened in your rudder shaft. So checking is fairly cheap insurance in my mind.
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Old 10-25-2021, 04:49 PM   #26
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Bent rudder

I used a 36” pipe wrench and a cheater pipe to fix a stainless steel rudder in much worse shape. I hit an unmarked tuna pen going at a pretty good clip.Use equal leverage in the opposite direction if possible to avoid causing damage upstream. Another option is to let it be. At displacement speeds I can imagine it would have much of an impact from drag or steering issues.
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How bad is this and can it be fixed?

Im kinda hoping it supposed to look like this but i doubt it.
Maybe just saw it off with a cutting wheel. Like someone else said, that lower portion may have little effect on ur steering.
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Exactly.


With heat you could bend it back in place. But it took a lot of force to make that bend. The bearings, seal and whatever controls the rudder could be damaged. You don't want a steering failure at an inconvenient place.
Is there a convenient place to have a steering failure? lol
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Is there a convenient place to have a steering failure? lol
Maybe... as lift straps become taught?
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Like some things in life, not totally, but more or less convenient.
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Is there a convenient place to have a steering failure? lol

With twins when you're approaching the dock and just centered the rudders anyway?
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Well i decided to just cut the bent portion off.
Ground it down nice and smooth.
I figured the portion that was curled was not acting as a rudder surface anyways. I have not removed any useable surface area but hopefully did remove any possible drag or other steering issues.
We will see if there is any difference once in the water.
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I think that was a good decision, should work fine assuming there is no damage to rest of the steering mechanism.
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Looks planned for!

Next owner will see it and wonder why the rudder was planned that way...
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