I got a phone call on Friday from the Yard asking if I had time to come and talk with the Fiberglass guy, Timmy.
I arrived 35 minutes later to find this...
Our new Rudder inserted into the boat side, Rudder Bearing Tube.
The Yard followed our suggested install method, with the exception of my being there to video it.
Note: The install method was coordinated effort by SBO [Joe Kerr], Foss Foam Rudder maker, a few close friends, and Engineer [me].
The Great News...
The Rudder Bearing Tube is now aligned again and the New Rudder Side Bearing fit!!
The next step is what Timmy [FRB expert] needed me to discuss...
1) The Yard needs to lower the hoisted boat back on its blocked up Keel/Jack-Stands. Lowering the Hydraulic Jack at same time.
2) Gently tap the Rudder Bearing Tube [RBT] downward to its OEM position.
3) Clean up the FRP hole and secure RBT in position. Per Timmy, two thin strips of mat.
4) Finish the FRP repair back to OEM conditions. That part was not part of the Hull, but a patch for Cockpit drainage.
This method assures the perfect OEM, Vertical Rudder Shaft alignment.
This all sounds complex, but it was Hunter Design for all Wheel type steering.
This is my Road Map to terms and understanding for All Hunter Owners.
Here is a picture from SBO showing the Rudder Tubular Enclosure [RTE]
[the white column= RTE].
That makes the boat Water Tight.
Inside that RTE is the RBT. Clear now?
What was pushed up on my boat was the RBT that was glued to the RTE by the OEM.
Pant pant pant, whew, a lot of Initials...
I do this explanation because of 4 Private Messages from people who have Rudder Issues.
I did confirm the RTE and RBT bearings were all good, prior to the Rudder order from SBO shops.
After a "Gentle" Push on the Yard, we finally started moving forward on the Fiberglass work again.
The entire hull and weather deck is finally water tight again.
Done on the Anniversary of Hurricane Zeta ... October 29, 2020.
This the where the Rudder Push up cracked the Weather Deck seal. Plus it stabilizes the Rudder Bearing Tube [RBT] in its Vertical position. [Terms and Road Map Post#102 above]
Timmy [FRP Repair] then stabilized the RBT with some horizontal mats and a few screws[ one magnified in below pict]. He told me he "Yellow Taped" the deck holes, since we had done the same with Silver Duct Tape, to prevent rain water flow from entering the Boat.
He did not seal it tight and we had 10 days of steady rain that filled up the bilge and killed our houses Batteries and Engine start battery.
This is on the Boat Yard insurance my guess $1100.
Now we have this first seal of the weather deck, but not finished yet.
The RBT is perfectly Vertical and soon ready to install the new Edson Steering Radial Wheel [aka Quadrant].
A before pictures of our Steering...
Step by SLOW steps...
PS: I am now very knowledgeable on Rudders and their bearings.