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Re: Rudder repair Edel 22
I rebuilt my rudder over the winter using methods outlined in a video sequence provided by BoatWorksToday. I started the project due to water seeping from a hole at the bottom of the rudder after hauling out. At first, I thought the seams might be leaking as there was cracking along the seems. After grinding around a bit, I found the seems were in good shape, but there was just some superficial cracking at the seams. However, the cracking was not nearly as pronounced as shown in pictures provided by the OP. I ground out a V-shape along the seam. Then I glassed it used several layers of 6 oz cloth in successively wider strips.
As an aside, the leaks in my rudder were at the joints where the stainless steel post exits the fiberglass shell. To fix this, I went through a similar exercise of grinding out a V-shape. Then I filled the v-shape with cloth and resin.
I guess time will tell how good my job was. I'll be keeping watch on it.