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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

Thanks Hudson... I almost pulled it all out today. Instead i called West Pacific trading who sells the stuff. Jack called me back with lots of technical info on the graphite rope. According to Jack the GTU/GFO is fast carving out a large share of the market in terms of stuffing. The US Navy uses it as do most commercial vessels. He has sold a lot of this stuff in the past 6 years and never had a comeback or report of problem. I described my application in detail and agreed to leave it in. He did ask me to get back to him if there was any problem because he does track this stuff. One technical piece of info he gave me was that when tested end to end it does not conduct an electrical charge. It has something to do with the types and way the fibers are braided. He lost me there but it sounded good that a multimeter would not reveal connectivity. Anyway for now I am going to leave it in and monitor for the first year anyway. It can quite easily come back out if needed.

Also see attached pic of finished job. Whatcha think?
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Also see attached pic of finished job. Whatcha think?
Looks good... this has been an interesting process to observe.. well done.
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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

Nice! even shiny clean! woot woot!congrats! Oh.. don't forget the cockpit drain seacock is OPEN without hose on it.. could be ... disastrous!

R? is that transom wood?
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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

Congratulations Rbyham and all who helped.

This site truly amazes me, and you donít see this scenario everywhere: a bunch of folks unknown to each other who takes a fellow sailor by the hand and guide the apparent difficult work right thru the end of job.
I mean, Rbyham was ready to raise his hands and surrender to the yard monkeys!
Looking back, I wonder how much $ was saved, and better yet, I bet the end result was superior! And the satisfaction Ė priceless.

Way to go, you guys rock!
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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

Looks better than new. Excellent
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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

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Thanks Hudson... I almost pulled it all out today. Instead i called West Pacific trading who sells the stuff. Jack called me back with lots of technical info on the graphite rope. According to Jack the GTU/GFO is fast carving out a large share of the market in terms of stuffing. The US Navy uses it as do most commercial vessels. He has sold a lot of this stuff in the past 6 years and never had a comeback or report of problem. I described my application in detail and agreed to leave it in. He did ask me to get back to him if there was any problem because he does track this stuff. One technical piece of info he gave me was that when tested end to end it does not conduct an electrical charge. It has something to do with the types and way the fibers are braided. He lost me there but it sounded good that a multimeter would not reveal connectivity. Anyway for now I am going to leave it in and monitor for the first year anyway. It can quite easily come back out if needed.

Also see attached pic of finished job. Whatcha think?
Very sanitary job and good for decades of trouble free steering - great job. How much did you save over having it done for you?
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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

SJ... I have no experience with boatyards on a job like this but I doubt I would get away for less than2k.my costs were about 400 of which 300 was stuffing box which I almost got free from marina owning brother if bronze pricing had not been so high :-) I hear Charleston is expensive. Pricing to step mast and splash it is running about 475. Ouch!
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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

You did an excellent job. I'm using the GTO packing on my propeller shaft stuffing box, with an SS shaft. I have no worries about corrosion.
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Nice! even shiny clean! woot woot!congrats! Oh.. don't forget the cockpit drain seacock is OPEN without hose on it.. could be ... disastrous!

R? is that transom wood?
Sorry I missed your last question. Yes it doth appear to be wood. Glassed in around sides with what I guess are called tabs? is this significant?
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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

Oh.. is it wood outside too? I have visions of a bright finished (varnished) transom on your boat now!
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