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Rudder seal coming loose

Hey guys, just bought a '75 Catalina 27. Has tiller steering, everything moves free and feels solid, but I noticed a loose seal on top of the rudder? Is this anything I need to be worried about before it goes in the water. It's under the waterline, so just checking to make sure water doesn't come through. If it needs to be replaced, whats the easiest way to go about doing it?

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Re: Rudder seal coming loose

There should be a rudder post tube that goes above the waterline.. leakage should not be a major issue.

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Re: Rudder seal coming loose

Not clear what you are talking about. Since you say its under the water, do you mean where the rudder post exits the rudder? If so, that needs to be taken care of to avoid water getting into the rudder (if it already hasn't).
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Rudder seal coming loose

It's a little post seal that is laying in top of the rudder. It looks like it came loose from the hull, where it should sit. The seal doesn't look dry rotted or anything, just came loose. What could I use to adhere the seal back in place? Any ideas? Ill see if I can post pics.

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Re: Rudder seal coming loose

That's probably just a spacer, not a seal. No need to do anything if that's the situation.
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Re: Rudder seal coming loose

A pic might help but it does sound like something on the top end of the rudder where water penerratoon becomes much less of an issue.
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Re: Rudder seal coming loose

It sounds like it might be a piece of the bushing in the rudder tube that may have broken off. A picture would be very helpful.

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Re: Rudder seal coming loose

I just replaced these on my CP-25.. this makes a huge difference to stiffen up the rudder... no wobble.
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