Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Rock Creek, Maryland
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Re: Symmetric Rudder damage and surprise hardware!
Inside the rudder would be a stainless steel backbone that he fiberglass is fashioned around. I agree with those who say to not remove the bolts as you may be creating more problems. The bolt further up the rudder is on the leading edge where the rudder shaft would be and the bottom bolts are where you would expect the bottom framework under the fiberglass skin to be. Inside rudders you have a framework that looks like a "b" with fiberglas around the lower rounded part.
Check for areas of water intrusion and seal to keep water out. This will eliminate freezing and further splitting.
Sailing out of Rock Creek, Chesapeake Bay
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