|Well long story short I canít get my rudder out of the boat. The top of the rudder shaft is now lodged about 3 inches into the rudder shaft tube, and I can get it no farther. I have tried shaking it from the outside while some one hits the top of the shaft with a mallet and pipe from the top, letting it soak in penetrating oil for several days then repeating and itís still stuck.
The rudder took some damage when I hit a shoal several weeks ago so I pulled the rudder (which only took 10 mins), had the shaft straightened at a shop, then reinstalled. When the yard put the rudder back on they did so without grease so it was quite stiff. When I got back to my home port I opted to pull it again, grease everything then put it back, but when I went to pull it this time no luck.
My understanding of how it is made is that it has no real bearings just a stainless steel shaft in a brass tube. What can I do to get it out?
73 MRK II