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Joe Kovacs

Sea Breeze is W32 WSSF04740171. Her rudder has the pockets and the stainless steel pintals and gudgeons, as Bud describes. There have always been zincs on the gudgeons.

All of the pintals, gudgeons and bolts look to be in good shape, and a strong magnet says they're good Type 316 SS. During the last haulout, though, a sharp-eyed yard guy passing by stopped, and said there's corrosion on the hinges under the bolts. I took a bolt off and, sure enough, under the head and under the nut the bolt was eaten halfway through, and under the washers the SS straps were icky spider-webby. The washers were in good shape.

We might brighten up and say we're real lucky to have all them washers in such good shape after 34 years. Or we might say the factory-installed washers were Type 304 SS, and indeed a magnet found everything there to be non-paramagnetic except the washers, which were slightly paramagnetic. In which case we would also say Bleah!--galvanic corrosion!

Joe Kovacs
SV Sea Breeze

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