|Posted: August 03 2007 at 09:03 | IP Logged
Not sure of the rudder packing size as the yard did mine, about five (?) years ago. Coincidentally my starboard rudder appears to have started leaking on the last days of our two week cruise. Just got back and plan to check it out tomorrow. The same side leaked the season before last and I tightened the coupling and all ok until now. On my 500 the water leaking from a rudder will only appear in the bow bilge area. I do not have water in any of my bilges unless there is a problem.
I took out the drawers from the cabinet next to the master stateroom bed and then removed the cabinet front by removing the inside backing screws. Takes only ten minutes and gives you better access. It looked like someone had slightly increasesd the cutout on the floorboard around the packing nuts.
Let us know how you make out and why it is so important to not have a rudder leak except for the obvious reason.... as you say, the nearest land is usually under the boat!
500 CONSTELLATION (1987)