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

The expert opinions weighing in here are very helpful. I am led to believe that I am on the right track. It is unfortunate I suppose but the gland/box has failed to release on the shaft. So I will be cutting it off. The challenge is doing that without cutting into the rudder tube. So both are probably toast. Once off I can probably get a new tube fabricated locally and order a new 2" box/bearing. Edson appears to have just what I need. I am a little nervous about nicking the shaft but will be careful. I am also nervous about releasing the rudder tube from the hull. The four bolts will come up but it appears bedded in some sort of white adhesive. But it is good to know that once the box/gland is cut away it should drop. Thanks folks. I am on the road til the weekend but will update then with progress
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