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post #5 of Old 09-16-2005
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Pearson 30 Rudder Repair

Acutally, although I don''t dispute it''s easier to do the job hauled-out, I disagree with the opinion of doing it in the water - as I''ve just completed this job a couple weeks ago. A fiberglass spade rudder will not normally sink, since it is foam-filled with a fibergalss skin. My biggest problem re-installing mine (Newport 30)was actually because of the flotation I had a hard time pushing the rudder down (while treading water...) enough to insert the rudder stock etc.
But I was successful and it has been working perfectly
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