Unfortunately, it's not a matter of removing the rudder (wish it was that simple!)
The Seafarer has a modified keel somewhere between a fin and full and the rudder is mounted onto an extension of that. This is the part that is actually in the way - it's part of the bottom so it cannot be removed.
With a slipping gearbox, you may end up removing the motor anyway to replace/repair the gearbox. If that's the case you might get lucky and be able to pull the shaft whole up into the boat to remove it. Use LOTS of penetrating oil (PB Blaster) on the connection but try to avoid getting it on ANY gaskets as it will eat them!
Last edited by jkimberly; 02-11-2009 at 09:38 AM.