Had a bit of a blow in Long Island Sound in late September. As a result, Shepherd's Star broke free of its mooring (the underwater 1-3/4" line had been frayed through) and started to head for a local breakwater. Thankfully, Sea Tow was right there, grabbed the boat, and brought it safely to their dock. Thankfully, no damage. Two weeks later, I was able to return it to the mooring field. This time, the harbormaster set me on a "keg" mooring, with 5/8" chain - a very secure set-up, or so I thought. Unfortunately, the swivel between the heavy "bottom chain" and the top chain failed. This time, the boat was run up on some nearby rocks. I've been told by a diver the rudder has significant damage. At this time, I still haven't hauled the boat (which will happen next week), but I'm thinking it's time to replace it. While it's out, I'm told I should also inspect/repair the gudgeons and replace the rudder bearing as well. Has anyone done that? is it worth it? Has anyone replaced the old-school system of stuffing box with a dripless rudder shaft seal? In a weird way, I'm looking forward to this work, as the rudder's age had always made me nervous - while it had never given me any problems (aside from a slow "leak" when in heavy seas, or when underway with the motor running), I was always worried that something, somewhere, would fail.