Broken Pintle

  • May 29, 2014 11:48 AM
    Message # 1558629

    Recently Jeff & Wrendy, W32 Calypso, posted about a broken pintle.  Here is a picture I got from Jeff.  He says' they were quoted $3000 to make a replacement.

    Last modified: August 18, 2015 6:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • May 29, 2014 6:34 PM
    Reply # 1558768 on 1558629

    The picture appears to show a broken gudgeon.  A new SS gudgeon has about $20 worth of SS in it and will take a metal fabrication shop less than one hour to make.  If it was highly polished, that would take another hour. 

    Good luck,    Dave

  • June 04, 2014 6:50 AM
    Reply # 1560116 on 1558629
    Deleted user
    I would suggest taking a look at and talking to Bud. Sounds like they are trying to take advantage of you.

  • June 05, 2014 4:27 AM
    Reply # 1560364 on 1558629
    Deleted user
    I'm not saying that Bud doesn't have a source, but I need to agree that a shop could easily fabricate a replacement out of SS for far cheaper than the quoted prices.  Flat stock, pipe, and some welding and you will have one.

  • July 03, 2014 12:18 PM
    Reply # 3037471 on 1558629
    Deleted user

    upgrade to the fiberglass set described in buds manual. stainless isn't really safe to use underwater...

  • August 18, 2015 12:05 AM
    Reply # 3485546 on 1558629
    Deleted user


    I did not get a picture of the gudgeon in this post. Is it fiberglass or the stainless steel type? If stainless steel, if the correct grade is used, and  even with an attachment for a zink, the replacement will be cheap. It will take more than an hour (more likely four), as the fabricator has to shape the steel piece to the shape of the hull in the location of the broken one. The steel gudgeon probably corroded. The fiberglass gudgeon is more difficult to make as I have some experience with that when I decided to make the middle gudgeon more in line (the factory assembled it 1.25" off to the side originally) on Polaris (W32).  The W fiberglass gudgeon will not corrode but they are difficult to build and reinstall. I would charge more for this project, as the rudder needs to be taken off and then reinstalled with the pin in place with the Delrin shims as close as possible so that they will not wear away too soon. It would have been easier to build a long pin going through all three gudgeons, but then there is the prop aperture. - What is the going shop rate for boat yards anyway?


  • August 18, 2015 6:43 PM
    Reply # 3486936 on 1558629
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The picture is now in the first message... Thanks to Dick for the image.

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