I am 2nd owner of H18. Bought boat in '97. Launched her last year, after 3 years of inactivity for a shake-out sail. Boat has always been sailed in ocean. Santa Barbara Channel, Ca., and beach launched before I bought it.
On my "shake-out" sail, the starboard lower rudder gudgeon [stock 2 piece] failed, as the machine screws pulled out of the transon, very rapidly filling the hull with water.
I purchased 4 inch port access covers, and cut holes in decks to access area for repairs, and found that what appears to be a 3" square aluminum plate, has almost completely dissintegrated, and the the fiberglass encasing it has failed, however, outer hull glass and gelcoat, appear intact and sound.
Does anyone have suggestions for repair procedure. I'm thinking thinner s.s. plate, new glass, and s.s machine screws, with washers and lock nuts.
Any imput would be appreciated!