When I stuck the rudder shaft through the tube mounted to the boat, it was kinda rough to turn when the rudder was pulled against the boats hull.
For the control part of the rudder I made a control horn out of a piece of the same brass stock that I made the rudder out of. I got the rudder installed and I just finished installing the stuffing tube, shaft, and motor. I hooked up the electronics (I ran a servo extension to the servo and plugged the motor into the ESC) and it is now ready for testing! This way I could mark all I wanted and when I was done with the project I could peel up the tape and no one will see my marks. The stuffing tube was then just slid through this slot in the hull with the oil port facing upward.


I drill a large hole in the end of this control horn, stuck a piece of tubing in it, and soldered it. I then used a large amount of hot glue to hold the stuffing tube in place and make the hull watertight. Then I marked the holes where the bolts will go that will hold the motor to the steel rectangle and drilled them out. After bending a less-than-90° angle in the metal, I mounted the motor to the steel bracket and the hotglued it in place on the boats hull. When I got the shaft into the stuffing tube I marked where the end of the shaft comes to on the inside of the boat. To mount the rudder I drilled a hole in the boat the same diameter of the shaft that is attached to the rudder.


To do this I slid the control horn onto the shaft and drilled a small hole through the control horn tube and through the rudder shaft at the same time. When I get a battery I’ll post how the testing went, and hopefully get some video of it in my pool or in a pond or at the lake.
I then took a piece of brass tubing, and using a generous amount of hotglue, I glued it right over the hole I just drilled.
I then stuck the rudder through the tube that is glued to the hull, slid on the control horn, then stuck a pin through the small hole I just drilled.




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