Rudder Fasteners coming loose Titus
3430 Has a loose Rudder. The top two screws keep backing out. I tightened them, but after a few times sailing, they back out again. I pulled the screws and noticed soft wet dark brown "debris" on the threads. Looks like wet soft wood to me.
My guess is that the heart of the rudder is wood, and that the wood is saturated.
With winter weather that can't be good with freezing each night and thawing each day.
We store out scots in slips on the water here, with the rudders on the boats. Is that a mistake?
I brought the rudder into the house, but wonder what is the best way to dry it out, and what is best way to repair the wood inside the rudder.