Currently in middle of big re-do here in Cartagena
, hauled out at Todomar.Seeking advise on what to do with rudder
. Years ago my shipwright guy in Los Angeles noticed that my rudder
was filled with oil
(it was leaking), so we drained it and refilled it with vegetable oil
, and replugged it. He said this was an olden day way to protect the interior
of the rudder, and spoke highly of this as an option.
Now it's got a small leak again about mid way down on leading edge (suspect the big ass mooring
line that got caught around the prop in Panama) and took a small chunk of glass out and left a crack.)
I've drained the rudder again, this time of a good amount of smelly water
, followed by oil.
Guys in boatyard here think I should take her down and open her up and refill with epoxy
I'm inclined to leave hanging, fill and drain a couple of times with vinegar, or water
, repair all possible cracks with fgb and west system, then refill with vegetable oil. Any thoughts wlll be very appreciated!!