Re: rudder still stiff
Posted by Sam Shober on 5/2/2005, 3:10 pm, in reply to "rudder still stiff"
I can't say whether or not you have a problem, but I will say this: My rudder/tiller is pretty stiff as well, but to me it only feels sturdy, like you would want it to feel (as opposed to "loose"). Just FYI...
: I removed the cap on the threaded bronze pipe
: thru hull fitting where the rudder post
: comes thru the hull, right down at the hull.
: There was a cap that the rudder shaft went
: right thru and a backing nut below the cap
: on the threaded pipe. I slid the cap up the
: rudder shaft and expected to find some sort
: of packing between the shaft and the
: thru-pipe. No such thing there. The rudder
: shaft fits tight in the pipe. I've picked at
: it and can't see any stuffing or any room to
: fit ANYTHING for that matter. I even put a
: bead of machine oil at the pipe and
: thru-fitting contact under the cap. The oil
: won't even suck into the seam. The oil has
: been sitting there for 3 weeks even though I
: keep moving the rudder back & forth
: trying to free it up and get the oil into
: the shaft to pipe contact. Can't figure it
: out. It still operates with difficulty.
: Looking up from the outside it looks like
: there is some sort of plastic liner between
: pipe and shaft going through the hull. I
: don't hear or feel metal on metal,
: thankfully. There must be something keeping
: the two metal sufaces from contacting, but
: why so tight? Is this normal? This rudder
: assembly is new to me. Has anyone else had
: this trouble? Any suggestions appreciated.
: Going back in the water soon. Thanks.
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