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Sackettbw 04-17-2009 11:51 AM

O'Day 31 Rudder
Does anyone have step by step information for removing an O'Day 31 Rudder? I have a 1985 model. The rudder has water in it and I want to seal around the rudder post. Thanks!

deniseO30 04-17-2009 06:49 PM

need a pic but do you have edson cable steering? If so you need to remove the cables from the quadrant, unbolt the quadrant. and remove the single bolt that goes through the hub of quadrant and the post. This is all that holds it up. At least that's the way it is on my O30. You will also find most of the water is condensation dripping into the top of the post.

nauticalrich 04-18-2009 08:29 PM

I've got the same boat and Denise is correct.
I also have the same problem with salt water in the rudder.
Thinking about mixing a little epoxy sealer or something like the west marine stuff of which I can't think of right now, putting it into one of those plastic suringes and shooting into the post area. Maybe it will work itself in.

Good luck

Flfishindude 04-19-2009 03:57 PM

How would you know you had water in the rudder?

deniseO30 04-19-2009 10:48 PM

Hey Rich,
we've drilled a few holes in mine at the bottom every year to drain/dry it out. The upper post on mine is under a new watertight 4" round acess plate. It still gets water in it. I think a plug in the post itself may help. I can't help but wonder if filling the post with foam would be a good idea. I see no reason for it be hollow otherwise.

nauticalrich 04-20-2009 11:09 AM

You know you have water in the rudder when it starts to drip out. Of course it's on the hard. Taste it and if salty you know where it came from.

nauticalrich 04-20-2009 11:14 AM

Denise, I am confused.
I believe the rudder post is solid. It then goes through a hollow tube in the boat and ends up under the cockpit seat with a round plate. The plate is there to enable you to get to the emergency steering.

:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

nauticalrich 04-20-2009 11:17 AM

Denise, I looked at your profile. You own a heating and AC business.
Have you ever heard of NAOHSM, National Association of Oil Heat Service Mangers Assoc.

deniseO30 04-20-2009 12:39 PM

The rudder post on mine is hollow. like a pipe, only stainless.

Hey Rich, I'm not in pro fuel oil we've done a few installs over the years. so I'm not familiar with the fuel oil biz organizations. I think the largest oil fired boiler we ever did was fired at 12gal an hr. But! I have to buy oil for my house too! My biz is/was mostly gas, heat pumps and ac. With some commerical refrig because it's fun. (like the walk in box at my YC) not!

nauticalrich 04-20-2009 02:21 PM

Just curious as I will be at a trade show in Hershey PA.

See ya:)

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