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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:58 am 
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I'm in the process of restoring an older H14. The previous owner painted over the rudder gudgeons and I'd like to remove the lower and upper screws to clean them up. My concern is that if I remove them that whatever they're attached to may come loose and fall into the hull. Anyone have any advice in regarding this? Thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:10 am 
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Take care on older boats.

But, you are in luck. There is a solid plate built into the transom that your screws are threaded into.

If it all goes wrong you can even re-tap and go to over size screws.

Have fun. :)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:52 am 
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The gudgeons are screwed into aluminum plates that are drilled and tapped for the #12-24 screws. The plates are glassed into the transom, so the likelihood of them coming loose is pretty low, but it is a possibility. I would loosen, but not remove, the screws first and see if the plate feels solid. If the plate wiggles around, then probably best to leave everything alone. Otherwise, remove all but one screw, rotate the gudgeon out of the way, re-install another screw to ensure the plate stays in position, and then remove the gudgeon.

The bigger risk when removing the gudgeon screws is that they have corroded in place and you could strip out or snap off the screw head, so be very careful when loosening the screws. Make sure you have a screw driver with a tip that fits the screw head very well and has a nice handle that you can get a good grip with.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:55 pm 
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Tighten first then loosen. Work back an forth.

If you just try and loosen, and it gets harder and harder you will likely snap off the head.

Try an impact driver when you get to the loosen part. It will make a difference. The kind you hit with a hammer.

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