Water comming up through the rudder post
I have a 1987 Catalina 30. During my recent trip I noticed allot of water coming in from the top of my rudder post. My bilge kept up with the water but during my 3 hour trip home today my bilge was on about 2 1/2 hours of that. It doesn't leak when the boat is just sitting still so it's not a large problem but needs fixed.
This is a project I have never done before and I'm looking for a website that may have detailed instructions on how to repack the rudder to stop this from happening. Or any other Catalina 30 owner that has experience in this.
I can't speak specifically about your Catalina, but I had the identical problem on my Gulf 32 and found the repair easy. The stuffing on my boat had actually been undersized by the PO and when I removed it I found out why it had been leaking. My boat takes 3/8 stuffing, I think, and is held down by a simple GRP plate and four bolts. Really, it is a 20 minute job.
Mine also only gave me trouble when motoring because it takes the force of the stern wave to push water up the shaft column.
Good luck finding a website on it. I did mine before I started my blog and so don't have any pictures.
Can you send us a picture?
As long as it is coming past the packing gland it should be easy to fix.
So far, the research I have found tells me that this should be an easy fix. I thought there was a web page out there on everything imaginable. But I never did find one on this. Thanks bwindrope. I am going to try and tackle this on Saturday.
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