Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II, is going back to using a wooden rudder after a massive steel version proved to be too heavy.
A study released in March called for a replacement of the steel steering system, which experts had previously warned would change the shape of the vessel and shorten its life.
Transport Minister Geoff MacLellan said today the final decision has now been taken, and the cost is being worked out.
The ship’s reconstruction has cost $23.8 million to date, and MacLellan says the overall project will end up coming in at around $25 million.
The vessel will be about $11 million over the NDP government’s first budget when it’s finally complete, if the latest Liberal government estimates prove correct.
The project has been plagued by technical problems and delays of more than four years from original target dates.