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Re: Rudder advice/suggestions sought


I have my rudder set up so that I can use lines to hold the rudder down and also in the up position. I keep the rudder out of the water when at the dock. For a while I used a dowel pin to hold the rudder down and actually broke it a couple of times when I ran aground. The dowel was tight when I put it in and swelled when it got wet. It could not be removed and replaced once it was wet. It was not hard to remove, but it had to be knocked out using a punch. Any removable/replaceable pin would probably be too strong to sheer.

Photos at the link below shows how I have mine set up.  Hope this helps.

Jimmy Harrell, Lake Sinclair, GA

At 10:19 AM 4/18/2004, you wrote:
I have a new slip that can be a bit shallow with the right wind tide.
Therefore I am needing to make my rudder a swing up. The blade and head
are for a swing type but the previous owner had it all locked down with
bolts. I have taken it all apart and reviewed Bob's tech tips and lo and
behold, my blade had no holes for the bungee cords....and neither does
my head. I do however have a nice hole that I am thinking of using a pin
in for lockdown.

See, I only need to raise the blade when I'm approaching and in my slip
or a beach. The rest of the time the water I sail is deep enough to not
worry. I'm thinking a quick release pin....what's the opinion?

And I'd really appreciate any pics of how everyone has rigged their
rudder to make it easy to raise. I'm toying with a shackle/block in the
trailing edge with a line to a block on the aft end of the tiller. (My
head has no wood's completely welded plate.) But somehow
this doesn't seem right.....
Thanks all

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