Articulating Rudders for Vessels with a Bottom Steel that supports the Bottom of the Rudder

Bayview Engineering Industries articulating rudders are state of the art and are available in many styles and a variety of materials. The BEI articulating rudders are unique in design because they have the ability to be tuned to enhance the performance of the vessel and the handling desires of the captain. This adjustment is accomplished while the vessel is out of the water and can be adjusted to become more or less aggressive as desired.

These rudders are custom designed for your vessel and are furnished with complete torque calculations to assure your steering system will handle the additional load incurred with the articulating rudder. Our design department will completely design the rudder in our 3D cad program which will assure the proper fit and aid in the installation of the unit.

All pieces of the standard/conventional articulating rudder with upper and lower journals are created with CNC (computer numerically controlled) accuracy. The plate profiles are cut with a CNC water-jet obtaining great precision while achieving little to no heat distortion.

The rest of the components as well as some of the water-jet plates are CNC machined, maintaining an even higher degree of tolerance. The materials are; A36 carbon steel main and aft plates, A36 carbon steel fences with integral bearing caps, split Delron articulating axle bearings (easily replaceable), articulating stainless steel axle pins with integral thrust bearing faces, lower stainless steel journal with UHMW thrust bearing, stainless steel detachable upper rudder post with welded then machined A36 carbon steel attach flange, stainless steel pin block, articulating pin and holder, Delron slider “T” bushing and aft articulating tiller handle.

We can up-grade the A36 carbon steel parts to various grades of stainless steel and the standard stainless steel can be upgraded to various grades of stainless steel as desired. All parts are clamped to custom made fixtures and TIG and MIG welded maintaining proper alignment and form.

We also make free hanging articulating rudders with a modified foil shape. This modified foil shape adds lateral strength to the rudder necessary to compensate for all the loads transferred to the upper rudder post. The modified foil shape or a custom shape can be designed and incorporated in any of our rudders.

The BEI rudder has proven to be a great performer. (Read Testimonials) We are confident you will find this articulating rudder to be a true aid in the performance and handling of your vessel. As with all our products we will create a custom one off component and/or production component achieving consistency and precision through-out a run and rerun of components. Since all our pieces and parts are fully created in our state of the art 3D CAD/CAM Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Machining programs by NX and Ideas (registered trademarks of the UGS Corporation) we have the flexibility to adjust and adapt quickly and efficiently to the evolving needs of redesigns.

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