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I am not sure of the proper name for it, but the board, which in my case is 2 layers of 3/4 plus 1 layer of 1/2 plywood laminated together has some rot. This board is what the rudder shaft connects to and hangs from. Now here is the problem if I replace entire board I will need to remove a wall in the aft bearth. Making everything "pretty" again will take so time. If I do this, I will replace the 2 x 10 inch laminated plywood board with an engineried laminated beam. Much stronger.
Now the rot as far as I can tell isn't a lot but it is their. I tapped and used a screwdriver into the wood looking for soft spots. I found a couple of them. I was also thinking that I could set the depth on a cirular saw and cut away the top layer of the rotted area and epoxy back in a new peice of marine ply. I could even add a peice of 1/4 Alum. Plate to the top of the beam, spreading out the load. What do you guys think ?

Thanks,
Paul
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