|Front two bolts are corroded|
As Tom started working on the prop and rudder he did find a couple of surprises. The first was a dead crab. It had crawled into the space between the rudder and the keel. We think it climbed in when it was little and then enjoyed the small barnacles in there. However, after feasting on those, it grew big and couldn't get out. Additionally and more concerning were that two of the four rudder bolts were very corroded. These are stainless steel and should not have corroded. Further investigation suggests stress corrosion. Thanks John B for your insight on this. Tom replaced all four with beefy new stainless steel. Going forward we will keep a very close eye on these for wear.
|All the stuff that marine creatures don't like|