rudder shaft tube repair

My OC-2 Stingray rudder shaft tube has separated from the hull. The rudder took a good hit causing the connection between the tube (that the rudder shaft goes through) and the bottom of the hull to fail. The hull takes on water at the connection beween the rudder tube and the bottom of the hull. I tried filling the crack with marine epoxy (not sure if I got a good enough bond) but it did not connect the tube to the hull. Any suggestions on how to fix??

Or, anyone know of a good repair person on Kauai??

Submitted by tlg on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 6:37pm

Get it done professionally, you need access to the inside of the hull to clean and create a proper bond for the resin. Most times this requires a penetration thru the hull or deck to do this properly. Not worth doing any other way as you're working blind and it's just guesswork.

Cheers Rambo

#1 Sun, 10/26/2008 - 6:57pm

Take your boat to OC in Kailua .

#2 Mon, 10/27/2008 - 8:40am

Eh Tlg,

Call me if you want.

Q: Was the boat dry inside ) before you stuck that stuff in there .. ??? : )

#3 Mon, 10/27/2008 - 9:19am

Know your Geography ! The boats on Kauai,OC is on Oahu.

#4 Mon, 10/27/2008 - 1:27pm

see if it wasn't for all the crazy super ferry protesters. tlg could easily drive his boat to OC in kailua.

Rudder tubes are impossible to repair unless you know what you are doing. Believe you me, I've tried everything and amateur boat repair person can, and nothing worked.


#5 Mon, 10/27/2008 - 10:37pm

That`s exactly right , the super ferry makes transport easy .

#6 Tue, 10/28/2008 - 2:12am

Thanks for all the input. Ended up talking to Outrigger Connections and they were awesome. Following their advise, I cut a 4.5 inch diameter hole in the top of the hull behind the rudder tube with a jigsaw (put masking tape over the deck before cutting to keep the jell coat from cracking), providing access to the inside of the canoe. Then put fiberglass and epoxy resin around the cracked tube. Then put a deck access hatch with a small storage bag (got from west marine) in the hole, sealed with silicon caulk and stainless steel screws and we are good to go. Plus, I got an easy access to the hull if more problems arise by the rudder as well as a great place to keep my keys/glasses, etc. dry and secure. Thanks again to all for the input. TLG

PS The super ferry may work for some but we on Kauai think it sucks.

#7 Tue, 11/04/2008 - 8:51pm

of course, because who needs a super ferry when you can just paddle your way here

#8 Tue, 11/04/2008 - 9:06pm

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