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    Posted: 28 Oct 2016 at 2:50pm

Hi There, this spring I decided to take the rudderstock out of the rudder for inspection. Depending the state of the rudder and the stock after removal I was to decide to build a whole new rudder or do a repair. In a previous attempt I tried to open it up and bond as good as it gest everything together but after a year at appeared to be leaking again where the stock enters and leaves the rudder. Apparantly that didn't work. After opening the rudder the whole inside was very wet and polyurethene foam came out soaked with water. The shaft came out with a heavy form of crevis corrosion and needed to be replaced. The rudder itself came out pretty well and I decided to re-use it. I cleaned and dried it extensively and filled the rudder again with a new stock and a decent Quality Marine grade PVC foam. I did spend some labour myself and outsourced around 250 euro's on stainless steel work ( welding and machining) but the rudder looks and works fine again. For those interested I have some pictures taken during the process which I can send. I tried to place them in this forum but I did not succeed. To my opinion you should have a little bit more more then average skill in working with composites to perform the job yourself.
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