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Date Posted: - Thursday - 03/29/07 - 4:56pm
Author: Steve M-32 Pyxis
Subject: Wood rudder
In reply to: Steve B 's message, "M31 Rudder Repair or Replace ?" on - Thursday - 03/29/07 - 10:59am

According to the literature the material is "Yacal". I'm curious as to the "rusted out bolts" as mine are bronze. I'm also assuming you are referring to the drift bolts that hold the rudder together fore and aft. If the drift bolts are intact I wouldn't do anything to the rudder other than sand and repaint it. The cracks will close up after a few days in the water and will give you no trouble. Glassing it will probably cause more problems than it solves.

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[> [> Thanks Steve -- Steve B, - Thursday - 03/29/07 - 5:17pm

Thanks Steve,
Yes, the bolts are bronze, but most of the nuts and threads were either broken off or corroded and not reusable. One of the bolts was almost completely eaten through in the middle with corrosion, half or less of it's original diameter.
Strange, because I assumed bronze was safe against that kind of corrosion. I think you're right. A good sanding and paint job should do it.

Thanks again.

Steve B

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