Folks, looking for some experiences with disassembly of the rudder gear and in particular the stuffing box mounting. (1970 grand banks 42 classic, hull otherwise surveys well, but then again survey missed this!)
I have badly degraded wood around the bolts where both the stuffing box and the support frame are attached to the wooden block that the rudder shafts come through.
I will be pulling and rebuilding and am looking for any guidance or experience y"all can offer.
Heres my plan and questions:
Support rudders from below
Undo top brace to get access to remove "collar" that i believe supports the weight of the rudder. I gather from other posts theres a through lin there, but can't get a good look there yet.
Unbolt and remove support frame this is the first question. I think I'm looking at long self tapping
Square head bolts. But perhaps they are through bolted. If so,.. Accessible from the bottom, or something terrible? Anyone know?
Undo stuffing box and remove it. For sure im looking at nuts on the top here, so through bolted from somewhere below. Anyone know what that setup is?
Clean off that wood surface, possibly removing some height. Use stop rot to petrify deep into the grain.
Use a high grade wood expoxy to repair whatever mess i have and to bond a suitable block of mahogany (any other wood suggestions?) in top.. Ideally about an inch and ahalf thick... Rudder shaft seems long enough to accommodate this.
This block will be screwed to the underlying repaired block creating a solid structure.
Reattach hardware and go boating.
Any thoughts or guidance?