Nut holding rudder shaft should be checked

Post here if you want to discuss a topic specific to the MV/32, MV/34, and MV/41.
leloopeur
deckhand
deckhand
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:50 am

Nut holding rudder shaft should be checked

Postby leloopeur » Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:26 pm

I want to report that I recently had the packing of my PDQ 34 rudders changed, after I had noticed leaks oozing from the top of the rudder shafts, inside the 2 hulls. The work was done by Ocean Gate Yacht Basin, NJ. While doing it, they noticed that the big nut that holds the rudder shaft in place, on the starboard side, was severely cracked. Had the nut broken and become separated from the shaft, I suppose I would have lost my rudder... and had to deal with a serious case of water in the bilge.
The boatyard was very surprised, and had no other example of such an incident. The only possible explanation they could think of was an over-tightening of the nut in some distant past.
I would suggest to PDQ 34 owners an inspection of that nut whenever they feel inclined to crawl in there.
Happy cruising to all.
Jacques
Nelly Grangé Cabane
Jacques Kreitmann
m/v Magic

duetto
admiral
admiral
Posts: 656
Joined: Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:18 am
Location: ICW (32043)

Re: Nut holding rudder shaft should be checked

Postby duetto » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:11 am

hi jacques,

i believe there is a bolt which passes through the shaft and i think this would prevent losing a rudder.
john & diane cummings
duetto mv34 #23

deising
admiral
admiral
Posts: 172
Joined: Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:48 pm
Location: Punta Gorda, FL
Contact:

Re: Nut holding rudder shaft should be checked

Postby deising » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:28 am

Thanks, Jacques!

I really appreciate when someone takes the time to post things to help others.

Keep enjoying your Loop.
Duane Ising
m/v Diva Di
Punta Gorda, FL
2006 PDQ MV 34 - hull 91, 75HP, 3-blade

leloopeur
deckhand
deckhand
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:50 am

Re: Nut holding rudder shaft should be checked

Postby leloopeur » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:43 am

I realize that my "tecnhical" explanations are somewhat hazy. A good photo would have helped I'm sure, but unfortunately I forgot to take one. I'm going to check if the chief mechanic has put the piece aside, just in case, though I doubt it. Of course if I'm lucky I'l post the picture here.
Safe travels,
Jacques
Nelly Grangé Cabane
Jacques Kreitmann
m/v Magic


Return to “PDQ Powercat Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests