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Rudder Gudgeon, bronze

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Above is a complete set of bronze rudder fittings for a wherry or a dory, and the price shown is for each piece. The rudder gudgeons are the two at the top of the photo–the fittings that go on the leading edge of the rudder and attach to the body of the rudder with #10 rivets (prior to installation of the rudder cheeks). We use gudgeons only. We only offer one size, and these are designed for a 3/4" thick rudder.

The transom gudgeon (2nd one up) works well up high on the transom, or anywhere there is sufficient width.

The sternpost gudgeon (at the bottom of the photo) is unique. It is just the ticket for down low on a wherry transom where it's narrow or on a dory's tombstone for the same reason. If you think they're unusual, you're right. It is our design, and we make them.

A piece of 5/16" bronze rod passes through all four fittings and acts as a hinge pin. No, we don't furnish bronze rod. That's readily available from online chandleries like Hamilton Marine.

Why no pintles? Because they have a nasty tendency to become unshipped. Attached using the rod, should the rudder strike bottom, it can jump and then drop right back down in place. We've been using this system for years, and never had a problem. Here's the way they install...

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This image is from The Duck Trap Wherry and shows the fittings in place prior to installing the rudder cheeks which will conceal the straps of the rudder gudgeons. The white arrow indicates a piece of masking tape that helps in positioning the fittings on the transom without damaging the finish. Even though this is a wherry, you'll notice that it uses transom gudgeons for both the upper and lower fittings. Had this been a Rhodes Wherry or a Lincolnville Salmon Wherry, the lower fitting would have had to be a sternpost gudgeon.

The sternpost gudgeons work on double enders too, but you will want to plan ahead because you'll want the holes for the rod to be in line so the rudder will swing freely. If you're a little off, a chain saw file will remedy the situation.

Okay, so we make them, so obviously have a vested interest, How about an unsolicited testimonial? We received this photo and email from John Carlson:

Just a note to say thanks for your beautiful castings. They worked a treat and the rudder does a great job riding up when we beach. She never unships, and I don't understand why more folks don't use this system. Working on her CB and stick next. My son Owen took the picture at Big Lagoon in Humboldt County CA. on Saturday evening at sunset.  By the way, she is Merryrows, a North Shore Dinghy, designed by Robert Baker in 1963. This one was built at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle in 2000. In case you wanted the particulars. Western Red Cedar on White oak frames. Mahogany stem, keel, transom, knees and breasthook.Thanks again.

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These are sold by the piece as "machined castings," as shown in the photos. If you prefer to do your own drilling, for whatever reason,you can order the unfinished castings.

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  1. First Class

    Posted by kurt larson on Dec 14th 2016

    Just what I wanted for both rudder and stem gudgeons. Excellent Quality, prompt shipment.

  2. Rudder/transom Gudgeons

    Posted by Chuck Reynolds Toledo, WA on Nov 24th 2015

    Fitting Hardware for all of Walters Simmons Wherry's . Perfect for the job they do. Attractive and simple in design, strong and easy to install.

  3. Rudder/transom Gudgeons

    Posted by Chuck Reynolds Toledo, WA on Nov 24th 2015

    Fitting Hardware for all of Walters Simmons Wherry's . Perfect for the job they do. Attractive and simple in design, strong and easy to install.

  4. Rudder/transom Gudgeons

    Posted by Chuck Reynolds Toledo, WA on Nov 24th 2015

    Fitting Hardware for all of Walters Simmons Wherry's . Perfect for the job they do. Attractive and simple in design, strong and easy to install.

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