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Old 01-27-2013
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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

Thanks Dawg you may ultimately be right but opening new holes especially through the hull will be a last resort for me. I am still optimistic that I can figure out how to use my grinder to clamshell the stuffing box (there is only one just above the rudder tube) off of the rudder shaft. Once the stuffing box is released and all keys removed with quadrant loosened as it is now, the rudder should drop. I have it tied up for now just in case I get really lucky and the thing slides out while I am on a business trip this week. :-) But thanks for the ideas. I will keep that in mind as we move along. I actually have decent access to below decks as I found yesterday my 6'2" 220lbs fits completely into the port lazarette. Mind you it is an advance seated yoga position but once there can work/grind/drill/saw/whatever quite comfortably.
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