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Old 15-06-2007, 20:12   #1
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What type SS 300 for rudder post???

I would really appreciate any thots on what type / series of 300 stainlees steel (304, 316, etc.) would be the best choice to replace a solid rudder post? (Pomaika'i HAS to have a new rudder... too many tens of thousands of miles under her keel - on a boat that displaces 54,000 lbs.)

After having done a little reading, the technical and metallurgical stuff about corrosion stress fractures, etc. has gotten me more than a little confused.

Any education or advice from you guys will be great.

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Old 15-06-2007, 20:20   #2
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Have you looked at any of the Aquamet or Aqualoy shafts? I think they're far superior than any of the 300 series ss shafts.
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Old 15-06-2007, 21:38   #3
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Yeah! Aqualoy 22 for $haft$.
Really, that is good stuff if one can pay the little extra. The next thing is to find a piece that size without buying a whole length.

316 would be fine too. but not as strong and corrosion resistant. But for a rudder shaft strength is the most important!........................._/)

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Old 15-06-2007, 22:53   #4
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Aloha... Can't thank you guys enough. Checked out the links to your excellent recommendations. Exactly what I'm looking for!

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