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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28
With a small angle grinder and a zip blade cutter with a firm hand you should be able to cut 90% of the way through and then somehow open the rest up another way. Remember you only need to cut into the packing, peel the shells off to expose the packing and then deal with that. If you nick the lower tube you can easily reglass that.
I tried using a sawzall for a recent project and was kind of amazed at how little control you have over that bucking beast....
Your stock is bronze, not SS so it's going to get marred pretty easily.
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