M35 rudder post woes
Well, we finally our new spreaders up on Peregrine. The old ones were so rotted out that you can stick your thumb through one, and the other had a small airplant growing out of it. I'll try to post pics soon. ANyway the upshot was we took her out and sailed her hard for the first time, and now the rudder post is leaking. Has anyone encountered this before?
Immediately under the quadrant, there's a stuffing box - it seeps a little there. The big one is where the stuffing box is glassed into the hull - a steady trickle is coming in, very bad news. there's a sort of volcano of fiberglass wrapped around the threaded bronze base of the stuffing box (the one on the rudder post, not the drive shaft), and it seems to be working loose there. I'm going to haul out ASAP and fix this. If anyone out there has done this before, or has some pictures handy, it would be immensely helpful