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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    My tip for placement would be a couple of inches wide of the centre-line, as I have got it :) and also an inch aft of the traveller, as I have not got it :( Discovered this after pulling the traveller tight and realising the traveller block is maybe going to catch on the port edge in light...
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    It is handy to be able to have a look round inside with a digital camera.
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    The reason the deck was warped was due to separation of laminate from foam core. Bolting the port down tight flattens it again. Fitting the port is pretty easy. Lots of silicone to seal it.
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    Filled the holes with silicone from the outside until it dripped through and covered the bolts in silicone before putting them through. These are the washer stacks and nuts in place on the inside. Resmothered in more silicone
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    Had to stack the washers to get a big enough area to share the load. The nuts and bolts are stainless but the washers were only available in galvanised so I smeared silicone all over them. Makes them much easier to work with inside the boat too since they stick together.
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    This is the inside of the transom where the screws had stripped and come loose (holes on the right). You can see the screws on the left still holding that side of the gudgeon. The material being used for giving purchase to the screw thread is glassed in. Some kind of block of wood I guess. Could...
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    When you use the port as a template to draw a circle to cut the hole take note of any stepped expansion in gauge or else you will need to gingerly expand the hole slightly with the jig-saw
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    After all that I found another block the same size! My hands were bleeding so I just left that one in. The blocks were damp on the surface underneath the plastic cover even though the boat has been airing with ports open for 4 months. But the foam was not saturated at all and was bone dry...
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    Decided to cut the old foam out and replace with plastic bottles or something. Takes a while one piece at a time. Serated edge bread knife works best. Wear gloves cause the straggly fibre glass round the hole cuts your knuckles.
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    Decided to cut the hole off centre on the left. Pretty easy with an electric jig saw. You can see the old foam block got in the way of the blade.
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    Thanks for the suggestions of just re-drilling the screw-hole. I would quite like to put a port in anyway for maintenance going forwards as she is very old. The way the old wooden tiller sits on this setup means I can put the port on the centreline and it won't interfere with the tiller as...
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    Well 4 and half months later and i have managed to find an excuse to avoid this job every weekend and now I missed a good weekends sailing last week. I need to put the inspection port on the rear deck. The centre-line is the only really nice flat part of the rear deck. The rest is a bit warped...
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    Where in the world is...Ross Bennett

    Appropriate URL :) http://www.kielerwoche.de/onlineergebnisse/result_details.php?results=2008-06-25_Laser_Wettfahrt_2_Extra.xml
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    Sailing With Others Aboard

    Might need more practice at capsize recovery before taking somebody else out. When I was a kid I used to sit in front of the mast on my dad's laser, (out of the way of the boom!). a small adult passenger could maybe also do this. If it is moderately windy and you want to 100% avoid a capsize...
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    Rudder Mount Come Loose

    OK, thanks for the suggestions. At least I have a bit of time to plan my repair strategy before next season.
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