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post #4 of Old 10-24-2003
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The keel bolts can be a problem they may look ok but look very close at them. Also for some reason they built some with the rudder shaft welded to a steel plate not stainless like the shaft. sea water gets in the top where the shaft comes out of the rudder and gets down to the steel and it rusts away from the shaft and rudder failure is not far behind. The only fix is to cut it open save the shaft and build a new rudder with all stainless parts.
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