[Amel Yacht Owners] replacing seal on the rudder

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>


I think that I would try another 1/6 turn. The nut will be very tight when it is tight enough. My guess is that you did not have it tight enough, but I can't be sure because I am not there.

I assume that your boat is rocking in a swell fore-to-aft because in calm waters, and without the stern overloaded with weight, the top of the rudder post housing should be above the waterline. It is too easy for SM owners to add too much weight to the aft lazarette because of its size.

Good luck.


On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 7:11 AM, 'gtesta23@...' gtesta23@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:


Hi to all,

I replaced the 3 seal, 4 months ago, with spares from Amel.

I tried to follow all suggestions from Group (Bill,Richard), I didn’t add any paste/grease.


After a little leakage I turned  the nut 1/6 .  After to Madagascar passage from La Reunion, again little leakage. Again a new 1/6 turn, not to hard.

 After to South Africa passage and sailing South, along East  South Africa coast, again new leakage. I turned 1/6 more (a bit hard to turn), but now I have some drops also without sailing, tied up to Algoa Yacht Club, Port Elisabeth !

First question: is it possible to replace the seals  without hauling out ?

Do you know a good  technician support  from Port Elisabeth to Cape Town ?

Any suggestions about my mistakes ?

Many thanks in advance

Giovanni Testa


SM2K n428