Here is a picture of the beast: (NO Comments about the crap in my garage - OK?)
About two hours ago I put it on a bathroom scale and it weighed in at exactly 200lbs!
Then, I tipped it over, and out poured about ½ gallon of water, and I could hear the water sloshing around inside.
It seems that water is getting in around the rudder post (here;
- the reddish stuff is not rust, but waterproof grease injected into the Zerk fitting when I lubed the rudder shaft). Water was apparently travelling down to fill the rudder from the bottom. (a 3rd water tank?)
I assume that that ring is the bearing that a previous poster referred to. I can only find one, however....
I have since stored the rudder with the post oriented horizontally, and the leading edge down (ie. rudder pointing up). I think that in the last two hours another
gallon of water has since drained out of it.
The plan is to let the rudder dry out over the winter, and then to seal around it in the spring with a tube of 4200.