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PSC's on the hard for winter - Drain hole in rudder?

Various people have recommended that while the boat is on the hard for the winter (Great Lakes area), I should drill a hole in the base of the rudder for drainage so water can't find its way in, freeze, and cause damage (then re-glass over the hole in the spring). Is this recommended given the way PSC rudders are constructed? Other approaches? Me no likey drilling holes in the boat, especially below the water line.

Do you other PSC owners actually do this?
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Do you know that you do have water in the rudder or are you just asking about the idea?
If you have water in the rudder, then it would be a good idea to drain it.
Question is...how did it get there?

I have some water in my rudder and I've drilled a small hole near the bottom. It is weeping some water.
Next spring, I plan on cutting out some of the rudder where it meets the rudder post (a bevel) and then use 5200 to seal it up tight. I may try to get some thinned epoxy to flow down into the rudder along the post prior to sealing up the joint.

BTW, not a PSC but I do have a foss foam rudder. Does PSC use the foss foam rudder or similar?
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I'm asking about the idea as a possible preventive measure. As far as I know I do not actually have water in the rudder. I did not do this last year and I didn't have any trouble. I believe the rudder is fiberglass with an internal stainless steel frame.
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

FWIW, foss foam rudders are very common and foss recommends you paint the rudder white or cover it with something white to keep it out of the sun to prevent overheating. If yours is solid glass I don't think it's an issue.
I see loads of foss foam rudders painted dark color and not covered so I don't know how big a deal it really is
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not many rudders don't have water in them. it's really pretty common to drill the hole and let it "drain" The trick is to find a way keep water from getting in!
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Your rudder is solid fiberglass not foam.The unit is molded in two halves with a s/s structure welded to the post.I;ve never heard of a PS rudder having water inside unless it was damaged.Dont drill baby-dont drill
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