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post #3 of Old 05-18-2001
ChetBridgeman
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Bent Rudder Post - C&C 36

Our post was bent badly by a prior owner right above where post meets fiberglass of rudder. We cut off the old post & welded on a new post, using a sleeve within to strengthen. Fix has been fine, we have 100% confidence in it. Not sure that yours sounds as severely bent so you may be able to get by until hauling the boat next year, although it may cause unusual wear on fiberglass sleeve that post rides within - if that''s the design.

I would worry that re-bending may not work as once bent, I would think post would be weaker, especially if bent again to straighten.

My opinion only.
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