This alteration makes a OK cruising boat into an excellent cruising boat.
This series of pictures show the rudder alterations on the earlier R 43 version
The original quadrent under the aft athwartships berth.
The rudder shaft removed
The rudder tube cut off and sandblasted ready for re-welding into it's new position.
The new exit hole for the rudder tube.
The rudder tube tacked into position
The extended keel to take the bottom rudder bearing
The RSJ steel section trimmed down to take the reinforcing plates
Side plates tacked into position
Making sure everything is in line before final welding
The new rudder being constructed.
The finished rudder.
Repositioning the pulleys for the new quadrant position.
Support struts for the rudder tube added.
Rudder and prop shaft in position.
Ready for painting.
And the owners comments. 'We have had her out in a constant 25 to 30 knot winds and both running and when hard on the wind she is unbelievably better to steer. No more sore shoulders or weary bodies even after hours of running downwind.'