Ruddeer skeg repaIr
- Opinions wanted:
After discovering a crack in my rudder skeg and then diesel fuel in its
center (a mess of resin and chop inside the laminate shell) I ground away
one face and most of the center to where the skeg joins the hull. There is
still some diesel in the space between the laminates but I can get the
laminate dry enough to take rebonding. I have two conflicting opinions to
My fiberglass repair guy (very good work) wants to grind, clean and rebuild
the skeg in solid laminate using the one remaining side as the base. He
says the bonding will hold, we are utilizing the structure of the skeg. The
little diesel in the chop will just stay there.
A Naval engineer /boat builder says to fill out the skeg with putty and
create a mold from that. Use the mold to make a new skeg, cut off the old
skeg and go up as far as it takes to remove all the chop and then "attach"
the new skeg.
It's a 35' cruiser and I leave to Trinidad in the Fall.
S/V Dark Lady