My rudder wasn't (isn't) in bad condition. Each winter, when the boat is on the hard, I would see a few drips on each side, about 15" up from the bottom. So, since I had to remove the rudder anyway, I drilled a few small holes near when I saw the drips and then I let it sit in my basement all winter. The basement is dry and I placed the rudder near the furnace, so it was relatively warm. very little water came out, maybe 10 drips all winter.
In the spring I injected epoxy into the holes and put a bead of 5200 around the rudder post.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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