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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28
Yes, definitely cut 90% or so through, and then use a cold chisel powered by a small hand sledge to pop the rest off. Very low risk of nicking the shaft. A nice tool is the RotoZip, equipped with the right-angle drive and a small, approximately 3" diamond blade. Great control, narrow kerf, and diminutive tool size. The rudder stock was SS from the factory; the bronze visible at the top was a "slug" inserted in it, machined to match the diameter of the tiller/rudder head assembly. And... that bronze slug is a little smaller diameter than the rudder stock. When I reinserted mine, I did it single-handedly, then blocked the rudder up and had a helper "scooch" it up the last 1/4 inch so I could reinsert that pin at the top (which yours no longer uses -- yours may be in that bearing/gland hub, or it may not be a pin at all... just a clamp mechanism). FWIW, that's my HR-28, hull 53, in my avatar. I have some experience with the HR-28.
Paul Van Voorhees
Certified Tohatsu TLDI Technician
Mgr, Obersheimer Sails
Buffalo, NY USA
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