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

Originally Posted by rbyham View Post
I will be cutting it off. The challenge is doing that without cutting into the rudder tube. So both are probably toast.
I wouldn't try to cut completely through it with a cutoff wheel - very difficult to avoid cutting into the shaft unless you are a real artiste with a grinder.

I'd notch it deeply but also well clear of the shaft with a cutoff wheel and then finish up with a sharp cold chisel. Any dings you make in the shaft that way can be buffed or sanded off - or at least reduced to the point they are of no concern.

You're going to want to fine wet sand & polish the shaft anyway, no matter what.
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