Date: 28 August 2020. Shaft Key Alert.
I missed something Very important in my
How Shaft Keys Work
article. While here in the boatyard I realized my mistake. Today I'll tell
you what else you need to know in this brief vignette.
One component of my visit to the boatyard was the
elimination of under the water openings that no longer serve their
intended purpose. For instance, at the transom I had two exhaust pipes
from the original engine. Those HUGE holes were capped as a temporary
measure several years ago.
Capping both inside the hull and
outside three inch holes under the
waterline was not the smartest of decisions. Translation:
DON'T DO IT!
This choice was stupid, albeit necessitated by budget.
I had the current boatyard remove the original bronze exhaust
pipes. Salt Creek Boatyard glassed over those HUGE holes. The quality of
Salt Creek's glass work is a-okay.
Temporary repairs often are utilized
FAR LONGER than anticipated at inception.
When I took the picture of the holes, I noticed
something I had not realized previously. Can you see what I
missed in the
How Shaft Keys Work
A piece of STAINLESS STEEL BAR STOCK
is utilized in my rudder system.
There is also a key at the top of the
rudder post. On mine it is a different size from the ones used at
Seaweed's propeller and transmission coupler. Thus I would suggest
for you to
measure your rudder post key and order that size bar stock too.
Note: I bought my solid stainless bar stock from
Midwest Steel and Aluminum (763-582-1925) which is based in the
The ones needed for my rudder post are 1/4" square.
I do apologize for not telling you
previously about the rudder key. It slipped my mind. As I have never
had to replace this item, I cannot say how long that it should or
will last. Because this is a relatively inexpensive item, I bought
On Seaweed the
rudder bar stock/key enables the boat to turn. I consider this item
essential. Even though I have never had a break, purchasing spares
seemed prudent. What I did not know until recently is that the
rudder bar stock on my boat is a smaller size than the shaft keys.
That is why I now have both in my spare parts inventory.
I've been busy while at the
boatyard. More frequent and shorter vignettes are upcoming. Thanks
What have you spotted in a photograph that you didn't see
with your eyes?
And, was it a good thing or a bad one?!?
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