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Old 03-07-2004
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O''''day 272 Rudder

I brought the rudder from my 272 home for refurb this spring, and find that it''s got no obvious shape distortions, but is hollow sounding when tapped on the lower 1/3 central area, and has a fair bit of water sloshng around inside. Anyone out there know how concerned I should be? The boat is used for close-to-home bay cruising and overnights. If this is normal and acceptable, should it be protected from freezing? Thanks for any replies. Spring beckons!
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O''''day 272 Rudder

I have never heard of a water ballasted rudder. If it were mine, I wouldn''t want the water in it for two reasons. It will eventually creep into the laminated layers and cause them to delaminate the fiberglass and blister the gelcoat. It is also weight you don''t need.

I would drill a couple of small holes in the rudder to empty out the rudder, let it bake in the sun for a few days to get as much moisture out as possible, then fill the void with spray foam, then repaint or re-gelcoat as needed. It will be lighter, stronger, and last longer.

Fair winds.
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drill a few holes (5-6)in the bottom of the rudder and let it drain completely. then epoxy most of them ( leave maybe 1 at each end and 1 in the middle ). Next drill a few holes where you can hear the hollowness in the rudder. Using an epoxy syringe, sqeeze epoxy into the rudder until it starts to ooze out the bottom. Let it harden. Then epoxy the holes level with the rudder, harden, sand, paint. ( this is what I did and my rudder is fine 2 seasons later)
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