Rudder blisters - leak

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Rudder blisters - leak

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Hi,

My rudder has blisters with moisture underneath. I have stripped off the copper coat epoxy, and now have a bare rudder.

I gather that this is quite a common issue - should I drill holes in my rudder to drain moisture, and if so, where?

My IF is from 1979 and is in good condition.

Thanks, James
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Based in Portsmouth UK, cruising on the Solent and the S Coast of the UK
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Re: Rudder blisters - leak

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Rudders from 1979 should contain no hollows. So let it just dry indoors warm and dry for a couple of months.

Then cover the blade with 4-6 layers of epoxy primer.

It could be wise to follow the drying by process by measuring the moisture by a gauge.
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Re: Rudder blisters - leak

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Thanks Maja.

Great - it doesn’t sound hollow so that makes sense. Time to clean it up and convince my wife that it can come inside for a while!

James
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James Baker
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Based in Portsmouth UK, cruising on the Solent and the S Coast of the UK
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