Rudder Deployment Lines Entering Hull

Published date: July 13, 2011
  • Boat Type: Boat Type

Every now and then I noticed things on my sailboats that seem a bit unfinished to me, and one in particular was the simple hole drilled in the aft hull of the boat for the rudder deployment ropes. This area also happens to be another source of water getting into the boat.

After running across some plastic feed through fairleads I decided to build up the structure to make a more elegant bump and at the same time make it a little bit harder for rain water to seep into the hull. I counter bored the original holes such that the bottom would be square and made up a model of the part to build a mold around. The structural part is made of epoxy and flox, I later over molded that with light weight body filler so I could grind and sand the bumps into a smoothly flowing shapes.

After completing the basic shape I primer painted the area to get a feel of the final product before adding finish filler and making a final sand. The bumps were painted when I shot the top section of the boat a few months ago, but I just now glued in the plastic feed though and can see the completed fruits of my labor.


Published by: u12fly

Model Year: 2006
Photo Caption: Building up the bumps on the aft hull of the boat

The painted and finished nodule blends nicely into the boat hull

The port side nodule after finish paint and polish


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