Stus-List Rudder Shaft Material

Josh Muckley muckleyj at
Fri Mar 1 13:13:41 EST 2019

Every hollow shaft I've seen appears as a pipe.  Being that you can look
down the end of it.  If the ends are capped with welded covers then the
welds are evident.  It's also pretty common to have some type of bolt or
rod extend through the shaft for a number of different purposes.  If you
can remove that bolt then it would be pretty easy to tell.  If you have a
typical Edson quadrant then it is probably keyed to the shaft.  It would be
unusual to me to see a key on a hollow tube.  I have a high degree of
confidence that based on the size of your boat and the design of my own C&C
that your shaft is solid SS.

I'm sure we can come up with some inquiries a d criteria for official shaft

Josh Muckley
S/V Sea Hawk
1989 C&C 37+
Solomons, MD

On Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 12:58 PM WILLIAM WALKER via CnC-List <
cnc-list at> wrote:

> Lake Michigan PHRF is asking whether my rudder shaft is solid stainless or
> hollow stainless.  Any one know with sufficient confidence?
> 1981 C & C 36
> Bill Walker
> Bill Walker
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