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upadte on the rudder removal
Went to the lake , had 12 ft of hose , lead weights, bellows foot pump ( for inflating toys etc) , and a mouth piece from a snorkle , and my girlfriend ( an olympic calibre swimmer and x life guard) who pumped me air.
The practice in the lake was fun , i could submerge to 5 feet and get a good supply of air. I think a piston type pump that pushes air on both strokes would be needed to go below 6 feet.
Then to the boat and got the fairing compound scraped off and located the screws , couldn't get them to budge with an impact driver or large screw driver. Actually broke off the bit of the large screwdriver.
I have ordered a 3/4 inch " drag link socket" that will fit into the screw head better and allow me to use a ratchet or the impact driver.
It is easy to work for 4 minutes at a time with the surface supplied air. I am thinking about driving a 2 by 6 down the edge of the wharf into the bottom so i can put my feet or back on it to give me some leverage.
Once the socket arrives I will have one more go under water , then if necesary, i will prop the boat against a wharf and when the tide goes out get the screws off.