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Old 02-06-2013
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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

I'd get rid of the metal tube and replace it with a glass tube thoroughly glassed and gusseted to the hull on the inside. If the quadrant height is far enough above the waterline you wouldn't even have to have a stuffing box - my Columbia 43 didn't - the quadrant bolted to the underside of the cockpit and the tube came right up to the bottom of the quadrant. There was a top bearing and emergency tiller attachment flush with the cockpit sole. A very simple installation. If the tube is kept as tight as possible without interference to the shaft, even in the worst possible conditions, only a very minor amount of water could squeeze its way into the boat. Essentially the entire tube becomes a bushing surface for the shaft instead of it being supported merely at the ends.

If you can find some manufactured glass tube with the right I/D to fit your shaft, buy a piece long enough and glass it in. If you can't find the right I/D, make your own, right on the shaft as I described earlier in this thread.
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