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leak from rudder stock

Hi - I just got back from a fun two-day sail and noticed that there is some water leaking from the rudder stock of our PSC 34. It seems to leak only when we're underway, not so much when we're moored. The bilge pump can easily keep up with the water coming in, but still it's a bit more than I'd like. I assume it is the stuffing box for the rudder stock that may need adjustment - any recommendations on how to do this? Access is just so difficult. Any and all suggestions welcome!


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Re: leak from rudder stock

Does any PCS 34 owner know if it is possible to replace the stuffing in the rudder stock stuffing box without hauling the boat? The stuffing box is not leaking at the mooring, but when sailing fast or motoring it is leaking more than I'd like - thanks - Joost


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Re: leak from rudder stock

We have replaced the hose clamps and it was not easy to reach, but I guess you could replace the packing in the stuffing box without hauling you boat. Have you asked the PSC factor?
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Re: leak from rudder stock

also make sure it is really the rudder post. At least two owners I know of have found a hole at the bottom of the propane locker. When the stern squats enough for the drain holes to go under water, this hole will start leaking into the boat. It looks a lot like a rudder post leak. Obviously this is something you want to fix ASAP.

I have the same rudder post leak. Replacing the hose clamps did nothing for it. Hoping you figure it out for me
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Re: leak from rudder stock

Thanks. I haven't yet, but will do so today. I think access is the biggest problem. I've tried many times to get in there, but I'm just too big (or not flexible enough ). The hose and clamps look fine.


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I have hired three professionals to go fix it. All three came to the boat, took one look at it, and declined to go back there

Luckily one of our forum members volunteered to go back and replace the hose clamps for me.

See also: Rudder Post Access Hatch



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Raindog, thanks for the heads up about the propane locker. That's definitely something to check. I do believe it is the rudder post as the previous owner built a little clay dam around it and I found it full of water. I'll let you know what we figure out...


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the previous owner built a little clay dam around it
Got to love POs. I guess that is one way to solve the problem.



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My surveyor told me it was one of the funniest things he'd ever seen.
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Re: leak from rudder stock

If you can find someone small and limber enough to get back to the rudder post packing gland, try to just tighten up the bolts to compress the existing packing a little more. We had the same leak issue when underway and just a little snugging up on the packing adjustment bolts took care of it.
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