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Tiller/Rudder Shaft Leakage

When under power today, water was coming out the cockpit to rudder-shaft base under the tiller. The drains in the back were enough to keep up with this, and it greatly lessened (almost none) under sail. Actually later in the day, it lessened under power some as well.

It did not seem to be getting any into the bilge.

What would cause this, what do I need to do to fix this?
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Looks like I just found the answer in the Mailing list archives. It looks like its a very fixable thing (phew).

http://www.sailnet.com/list_server/r....php?id=230555

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One of the bolts had sheered around the Rudder post, I am now assuming that is why there is the leak. These are visible from the cockpit, on the topside. The above message in the archive says

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I had the same issue with my 1986 N28, but mine only leaked when motoring.Simple fix: crawl into the starboard lazarette, and tighten the four bolts around the flange at the top of the rudder post evenly, then motor to see if the leak is fixed. If not, remove the bolts, raise the flange, dig out the packing, replace with new and tighten evenly. Did mine 6 yrs ago and had to tighten once since. I doubt there is any risk of a catarophic failure since the top of the flange is above the waterline. You can do the repair with the boat in the water and no water will spurt out ot the flange. I think when motoring, the water is forced up the post to the flange. BTW, I used stuffing box packing. Hope this helps.
Is there a difference in designs between the early 28's and the MKII's? Is this a possible difference between tiller and wheel boats?

From the picture from Petaris : photos : E-POD 3000+- powered by SmugMug I cannot see where the bolts go under the deck. What should I expect? Can I remove the other three bolts and remove the tiller assembly w/out the rudder falling out?

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