It happened. We bumped an unmarked reef in muddy waters here in Fiji
-- and bent our aluminum
post about 10 degrees. Luckily, we have a cat, so I disengaged the rudder
from the steering
and managed to get into port. Also, luckily, there's a place where we can haul out
this 24 foot beam cat.
It's an aluminum
post, and my current
plan is to haul the boat, drop the rudder out, and have it straightened by a well-equipped machine shop here in Fiji
, and to put a reinforcing post inside the existing hollow post to reinforce the newly-straightened post.
Also, and this might be a dumb question, but my rudder post's seal seems to lie well above the waterline -- how can I tell if it's possible to remove the rudder whilst in the water
-- not for this instance, but in case it happens far from a marina (we are circumnavigating). I have a vague recollection from college physics that having the stuffing box located above the waterline might mean I get water
inside the shaft up to the waterline but not beyond ... reaction?
sv ile de Grace
Musket Cove, Fiji