Yes, the rudder post under the emergency tiller access is exposed plywood but, if you look from the underside you will realize that the plywood was just some sort of backing for the substantial fiberglass cockpit liner and rudder tube. I think the only way to eliminate the condensation is have some type of vented cover. or some small vents on cockpit liner near the top of the em tiller access. I've not done that yet and still have a new water tight 4" round cover plate. it literally rains condensation down into the rudder post! One day I'll vent it somehow and also saturate the plywood with low visc epoxy. I do not think the loss of that plywood would weaken the tube structure.
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club.
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Last edited by deniseO30; 04-30-2009 at 04:34 PM.