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Subject: Re: Seamaster 925 Rudder


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Tom Wilson
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Date Posted: 00:57:59 07/08/2005 Sun
In reply to: Andy Green 's message, "Seamaster 925 Rudder" on 09:20:42 22/06/2005 Wed

First of all, sorry for the delay in replying to your question, I have not been on the site for a while, what with computer problems and holidays.
The rudder of 'Smithereen' my 925 has always retained water over the twelve seasons I have owned her. It seems to be a design fault/feature and is common on many boats. This is according to the surveyor that did our purchase survey.His advice was to drill the rudder at the end of each season to allow any trapped water out, this avoids the water freezing and splitting the moulding (I have seen this happen on other designs). I normally drill a hole on each side top and bottom.
It may be that the water trapped in your rudder has frozen at some stage causing the crack. I did have damage to the bottom inch of the leading edge of the rudder, but that was caused by rubbing on our mooring chain, the boat is normally kept on a drying mooring. It was a fairly straightforward job to fibreglass the damaged area once the rudder had been allowed to dry.
If I can help further let me know.

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