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Subject: Re: T500 Rudder

brian henry
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Date Posted: 7/05/06 8:16:41
In reply to: Graham H 's message, "Re: T500 Rudder" on 6/05/06 20:19:18

To facilitate draining the rudder when ashore I had drilled a hole at the lowest point, the after base tip, that I would open to let the accumulated water drain out then reseal before launching. It initially poured out and took two days to stop dripping.

Nothing I could ever do to completely seal the rudder worked, hence the hole. I too wondered at the condition of the internal steelwork after 25 years of such total immersion in salt water and often considered the rudder conversion job that many C&C27 owners have made but there was always something else to work on or improve. I think that any warning signs of play between shaft and blade should trigger that course as internal collapse of the fixing could be catastrophic.

One contingency course open to me if there was a failure was in the shape of another hole I had in the rudder through the top of the trailing edge (suitably sealed from the internal area by epoxy bushing and to which I could attach a line when dropping the rudder afloat, in lieu of the netting described in the earlier post) to which I could pass a line from both quarters for emergency steering should the post and blade part company internally.

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Re: T500 RudderGraham Harrison 7/05/06 15:38:15

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