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secondwind1
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Trapper 501 rudder
04.07.2018 at 21:23:24
 
Hello everyone , can any body help. I own a Trapper 501 built 1985. Today I had to remove my rudder for repairs. Prior to removing it I found a large amount of play in the rudder and accepted that the bearings need renewing. The problem is that there is no bearing. It appears that the rudder stock has a sleeve which runs top to bottom. Is this normal on 501ís. Has anybody tried to deal with this before and how. My rudder tube was bent in a accident and I hope someone may know of a good rudder available for sale somewhere. I am on Lymington river and look forward to replies. Graham.
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Reply #1 - 05.07.2018 at 08:13:11
 
Hello Graham
I imagine similar to  the T300 rudder & bearing.
Latter has a bronze flanged fitting top & bottom. These have a Delryn liner = 'plastic' that remains stable in sea water. This liner does wear & periodic replacement required. Marine Power  at Burlesdon have replaced mine - simply turned up on a lathe.
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Re: Trapper 501 rudder
Reply #2 - 20.01.2019 at 17:17:20
 
In my opinion, the best thing to do is junk the standard rudder, make a new one and hang it off the transom. Build a skeg so you can fit a bottom pintail. You will end up with a stronger rudder, directional stability, and a much more usable cockpit.
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Reply #3 - 25.05.2019 at 17:04:41
 
I have noticed similar play in my Trapper 501 and about two years ago dropped the rudder to have it checked.  There is no bearing and I was advised that there was little I could do about it.  

I had a survey done and the surveyor was happy with it but if anybody has a viable solution I would love to hear it.
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Reply #4 - 04.08.2019 at 18:37:42
 
Hi Graham,

If it's any help, I have a T500 (1977), which I guess has the same rudder arrangement except with a different shaped rudder. I have owned her since 1978! In my very first year I managed to go aground going astern which bent the rudder shaft.

As a temporary fix I tried to remove the bend by putting a rope loop around the keel and the rudder & then with a piece of pipe applied tension by twisting "Spanish Windlass" style.

It worked! 40 years later I'm still using it! I remove the rudder every year, turn it upside down to let water drain out & replace it with a liberal amount of grease on the rudder tube.

The only concern is whether the water which finds it's way into the rudder is causing corrosion of the internal metalwork. I believe this subject has been aired before. At the end of the day I think Bluewatertrapper has the best idea. I'm just a bit too ancient to do it!

Regards, Graham Harrison
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