The DIY Restoration of a Small Yacht: Rudder Surgery (Part 2) & ‘Bringing Her Home’ (#5)

With the rudder being completely hollow, I wanted to fill it with a rigid, closed cell polyurethane foam to add stiffness, strength and reduce water ingress. Making that first cut was one of those ‘no turning back now’ moments, but after discovering what lay inside, I’m confident it was the right thing to do.

The DIY Restoration of a Small Yacht: Rudder Surgery(#4)

I wanted to get the rudder and tiller home so that I could assess their condition and make any repairs from the relative comfort of my shed. I liked the idea of wet shot blasting – using blast media in conjunction with a pressure washer – as I thought it would be the quickest method and give the best finish. I was wrong...