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Re: leak from rudder stock
You can change the packing in the rudder packing gland with the boat in the water because the gland is above the waterline, unless you have the boat so heavily loaded astern that the boat is severely below its lines there—not likely. If the leak does not occur except underway while the boat is squatting in its wake, that's your clue that you are good to change it in the slip. I have done this twice. Piece of cake.
I don't understand the issue with the water leaking into the boat between the hull and the rudder bearing. The lower bearing is not water tight anyway. The packing gland, hose and clamps are what prevent water ingress, not the bearing. So, some clarification there would be nice.
PSC 34 #305 "Swan"
Last edited by DaveMancini; 06-18-2014 at 05:36 PM.