While working on my steering cables and autopilot rudder sensor, I noticed that the 'box' containing the upper rudder bearing does not appear to be attached to the underside of the deck. This is right under the access plate aft of the wheel ('97 Mk II). I'm not sure if this is the way it's supposed to be or if it's something that requires attention. The upper steering box appears to be part of the liner; perhaps it does not need to be attached to the deck itself?
In any event, it's an important component and I'd like to know if it needs attention. I attached a pic; sorry it's not better but the camera ran out of memory, so couldn't take another. I noted on one pic, where the seam is, visible on the port side looking from the access hole in the aft cabin. It continues across the aft and starboard sides as well. Fixing it would require me to hire a chimpanzee who could fit in there; I can't even get my head through that hole.
Gary and Cathy Price
1997 C36 Mk II Tall Rig/Wing Keel Imagine...
Hull # 1617
Worton Creek, Md.
Northern Chesapeake Bay