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Leaky rudder post

Discussion in 'Carver Yacht' started by Jnicholas, May 31, 2021.

  1. Jnicholas

    Jnicholas Member

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    I own a 2000 Carver 450 voyager.

    the two rudders pass through the hull in a small recessed area. I am collecting maybe a quart of water on each side. This is after a four hour run.

    I have looked a past posts but they seem to be more involved problems than I have. Is there a small adjust to a gland I can do? Is this using old style packing that needs to be replaced?

    any suggestions appreciated

    Jerry
  2. SeaLion

    SeaLion Senior Member

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    Post pictures so we can see the seals.
  3. Jnicholas

    Jnicholas Member

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    I knew this was coming.... I just ran out of time putting the boat away and forgot to go back in and get photos.

    can’t get back to boat for a couple of weeks I’ll have to put on hold until I return

    look forward to your input
  4. Jnicholas

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    ok I don’t know why I had these but it accidentally shows rudders. Does this shed any light on a diy fix for small leakage while underway?
  5. Jnicholas

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    So here are some better photos. Any suggestions? 99F6D850-5E80-4F90-9BF0-F1696D3313DE.jpeg 889DF60A-1670-4641-A612-ED426C190B14.jpeg 2C4A6491-A95C-4524-A165-E5451A0D0459.jpeg
  6. mapism

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    Looks like you have some kind of lip seal, working directly around the rudder shaft surface, which appears to be a bit corroded.
    So, to answer your OP question, if the seal is working on a corroded shaft surface, any seal tightening (which btw I don't think is possible, judging by your pics) would be pointless.
    Worth pulling the rudders out and check the shafts carefully, I think.
    If the corrosion is superficial enough, clean them very well and replace the seals.
  7. Jnicholas

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    Yes I noticed the Corrosion. I know from outside of the boat you can push and pull on the rudders and there is no play. I guess if there was play I would have constant water intrusion. Any idea where I can get info on how to complete this disassembly ?
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    From Carver, the kids who specked and built it.
    They can at least offer the vendor's name and contact info.
  9. SeaLion

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    Could be a Tides lip seal, but take Ralph’s advice and ask Carver.
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