I love these low-tech Wharram innovations! If you’ve read Two Girls Two Catamarans you know that James had rudder hardware problems on his first two transatlantics so he was motivated to find better rudder attachments. He came up with rudder lashings that eliminate hardware and are easy to inspect and service.

The plans call for 3mm line for the lashings but I had seen some 2.5mm Dyneema line that would be plenty strong and allow me to drill smaller holes. Dyneema is known to untie itself because the line is so slippery but I didn’t have problems with line this small. That said, I am going to leave the tails long for a while in case I need to re-work the lashings. I used about 5 feet of line per lashing.

Here are my steps:

  • I tied a figure eight stopper in the end.
  • And then started lacing on the outboard side of the hull at the top of lashing.
  • I loosely laced all three lashings first.
  • And then tightened the lacings starting from the bottom up.
  • I checked for alignment along the way as pulling hard while tightening can move the rudder out of alignment with the sternpost.
  • I milked the lacings along with pliers and got things real tight.
  • And finished with a couple of overhand knots tight up against sternpost.

Outboard Side of Rudder

Outboard Side of Rudder

Rudder Alignment

The plans call for injecting epoxy into the holes and soaking the wood and lines. I am holding off on that for now. I had previously overdrilled and filled with thickened epoxy so I am not worried about water intrusion into the wood.