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Old 05-13-2001
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Bent Rudder Post - C&C 36

Recently I have experienced a bend in my rudder post. The top of the trailing edge binds against the hull as one passes centerline. Cause was striking a sunken log bundle underway.

We feel we have three choices:

1) File off the area of interference and operate until next years scheduled drydocking.


2) Haul the vessel now and remove the rudder and replace the entire unit or straighten the post in a press. This would be followed by a dye penetrant inspection for fractures.


3) Haul the boat. Lower the rudder some 3 inches and inspect for cracks in the post. Rig a chain hoist between the rudder and skeg and attempt to straighten the post.

Has anyone any experience with this type of situation?
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