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Graham Ellison  
#1 Posted : 07 September 2020 18:16:36(UTC)
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Location: Arundel, West Sussex

That little metal skeg which is bolted on to the aft end of the fairing housing the propeller tube/cutless bearing and protects the prop.... Does anybody know what metal it's made of? Thanks!
#2 Posted : 10 September 2020 13:08:10(UTC)
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I believe mine, on Parker built #131,which is welded to a substantial U shaped mount of the same material,as you say bolted through the 'tunnel', is of stainless steel.

I have had it cleaned back to metal from time to time and it certainly has a matt SS appearance rather than a bronze type colour.It has no signs of surface corrosion and has a pair of anodes on the same cross bolt.I inherited these.I apply Trilux every year.I haven't tried it with a magnet.I have read of the limitations of stainless used below seawater level - at the moment it is happily doing it's duty and apparently in good structural order..


philip linsell  
#3 Posted : 11 September 2020 11:35:27(UTC)
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rascal my 26 is like your a Baker built (50), but was originally an outboard motor in well powered, I strongly suspect yours was too, as most early 26's were. So doubtful the skeg is original.

My skeg sounds like yours and I assume is stainless steel, never any sign of corrosion.

A few years ago I bolted a ss angle to it as the stop for a rope cutter and that (lesser grade ss I suspect) did corrode so I protect it with a small annode which I need to replace most years.


Graham Ellison  
#4 Posted : 19 September 2020 18:48:19(UTC)
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Thanks chaps, much appreciated, and apologies for taking so long to say so.

The question arose because Tiptoe had to come out for a periodic insurance survey this year and I decided to take her out for a short while beforehand to allow me to do a couple of other bits and pieces which I knew needed attending to. To my surprise, when she was lifted out I saw that her wee skeggie had at some point been bent out of position - see the picture. Now the last time she was out of the water it was fine, and I saw her lifted in that time and lifted out this time and I know the strops were in the right place, so that can't have been the cause. I haven't sat her on a beach in the interim, but the only thing I have done is move her from Chichester Marina on to a swinging (and drying) mooring at Emsworth. I have sometimes seen her settle on to the mud there at something of an angle, so I'm wondering if some of the mud is a bit harder than the rest and as the boat has settled (rudder up), the weight of the stern has been taken by the skeg and the angle has done the rest. I would never have thought that that kind of damage could be caused by mud, but as I say I can't think of any other possibility to account for it.

In any event, I have found some specialist marine metalworkers with tools way beyond my humble collection, and they agree that it's stainless steel and will be effecting a repair imminently. I'll take a photo of the repair and post it in due course.

Tiptoe's skeg didn't have an anode when I bought her and I've never fitted one, because I've kept it covered up in multiple coats of epoxy. I'm thinking this time I'll do what Peter does and use Trilux and anode.

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Graham Ellison  
#5 Posted : 29 September 2020 21:02:58(UTC)
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There, that should do it. You could probably settle Queen Mary 2 on that and it wouldn't bend! Might knock a tenth of a knot or so off my cruising speed though...

Duly anoded and Triluxed as well.

If I'm allowed to, I'd like to put in a good word for Latbros Marine, the folks who did the metal fabrication and welding, who are based at Hayling Yacht Company's yard at Mill Rythe on Hayling Island. Stas and Slava were fantastically helpful and I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.

Thanks again Peter and Philip.

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