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Old 10-30-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Rudder box leak

My albin 43 trawlers port rudder box is leaking. The packing is not? Just the fiberglass block. Don't understand 100%. Should I haul, then grind the glass away I'm that corner then fill and re glass? I don't want to replace the whole box, just splashed the boat after being out for a month to replace all through hull fittings and glass areas where old transducers, through hulls and other obsolete things were. Marina rushed to put me back in, I changed marinas sense then. What a pain in the a$$
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:20 AM   #2
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RE: Rudder box leak

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Old 10-31-2011, 08:40 AM   #3
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RE: Rudder box leak

Often the rudder box is a wood block encased in FRP. If your's is wood, the integrity of the wood block should be ascertained prior to any FRP repairs.
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RE: Rudder box leak

* You might try 3M's 5200, it will cure under water, that is if the leak doesn't force it's way through,*to stop the leak untill the next scheduled haul out.
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RE: Rudder box leak

Ok, boats finally hauled. Took off the u shaped pc of ss that the rudder bearings and post go through, the wood is rotten and that is where the box was leaking, do I cut the whole box out and replace? What's the standard practice for this, I will get pictures uploaded ASAP but am currently on an iPad so can't. Thanks
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