Boat is out of the water for the winter. Was doing a quick walk around while pulling sails and such. Noticed glistening of moisture where shaft strut meets the hull. Applied some pressure and sure enough there is a little play/wiggle. Sigh...
Anyone had this issue? If so, is there a recommended fix?
Looks like Catalina uses several methods over the years for strut install including both one without bolts and one with bolts:
No idea which one my 1985 has. I do see the hump down below but all glass, no exposed bolts. Judging by drawings the lack of taper in my strut leads me to believe it style 2:
Option 1: Start from outside hull, expose edges where strut enters hulls. Align, and squirt in epoxy. Could be done without removing shaft
Option 2: Cut open hump and hope for bolts
Option 3: if cut open and no bolts, secure with more epoxy or replace with new bolt version from CD. Worst case. Expensive strut, shaft removal (rudder drop), etc.
The big concern is that if not fixed the side to side play will cause cutlass bearing wear and/or stress on transmission.
Advice? Thoughts? Experiences?