Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Rudder Carriage Bolt Pre 1972

Here is the carriage bolt for an old style, pre 1972 rudder assembly. The bolt and wing nut are used to secure and tension the rudder pintle into the deck plate and hull plate fittings. There would have been rubber tubing over the bolt to limit play.

From Sunfish Sailboat Restoration

Here are the rudder fitting parts. The pin in this assembly is an aftermarket locking pin from West Marine.

From Sunfish Sailboat Restoration

Here is a original rudder pin, pre 1972. The small screw secures the keeper chain to the deck.

From Sunfish Sailboat Restoration

Rudder assembly on a 1965 Sunfish. There is a small screw hole to the starboard side of the deck plate where the rudder pin chain would be secured. Also the outer nylon washers on the rudder/tiller are not stock, but added to help reduce dissimilar metal corrosion between stainless bolt and bronze straps.

From Sunfish Sailboat Restoration

4 comments:

  1. I can't help thinking that this Sunfish needs a sleeve that tightens the Carriage Bolt into the slot. Otherwise the bolt slops, and wears itself a bigger hole, right?

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    1. The late 60s model Sunfish and Sailfish bolt did have a piece of rubber/nylon tube around the bolt to hold it more secure in the transom slot, kind of like a bumper. I have seen one bolt that had it.

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    2. Great blog - it's really been helpful in restoring my '63 Sailfish. Next up is one of these carriage bolts - is there a DIY or local option (like West Marine), or should I just pony up the $20 for a new, OEM bolt? And do you have a photo of the original rubber tube?

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    3. Great blog - it's really been helpful in restoring my '63 Sailfish. Next up is one of these carriage bolts - is there a DIY or local option (like West Marine), or should I just pony up the $20 for a new, OEM bolt? And do you have a photo of the original rubber tube?

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