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Rudder Problem

Hello!

I have a Catalina 30 whose rudder is cracked from water intrusion. Someone suggested grinding out the cracks and repairing them with fiberglass cloth. I also came across a post that mentioned pulling the rudder off, and splitting it in order to repair any damage that may be unseen from the outside.

Which option do you guys think I should do?

I drilled small holes below the cracks about two months ago to allow any water inside to drain. I also found where the water was getting in (i think). There was a small chip next to the rudder post. When it rained, water from the cockpit would run down the post and into the chip.

If I should pull the rudder, is there anything I should be cautious of before hand?? Are there bearing around the rudder post or anything? How difficult is removing the rudder?

Thanks everyone!

My complete refit is taking completely too long!
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