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Subject: Re: T500 Rudder

brian henry
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Date Posted: 6/05/06 10:03:57
In reply to: Richard Swire 's message, "T500 Rudder" on 4/05/06 17:26:56

Having removed the single bolt through the rudder post and lifted the collar I was able to use the deck brush handle to easily push the post down and out of the tube. I was afloat at the time and used a discarded section of fishing net under the rudder as a retaining bag as it floated free.

If you cannot drop the rudder post through the housing tube I would suspect a bent post Ė I hope I am wrong as that could be a problem.

To replace the rudder whilst still afloat I ground a groove on both sides of the stainless steel post from the bolt hole to the top of the shaft with an angle grinder. This then allowed me to pass a strong but relatively small diameter looped line down from the cockpit into the water, (catch it with the boathook) cutting the line, threading through the rudder post bolt hole, retying the line and moving the knot above the post, retaining the line in the grooves with tension then a fine lashing at the top of the post, then hauling on the line to bring the head of the post up through the housing.

It isnít as complicated or difficult as it sounds, and if you have a bilge keeler (which I didnít have), it beats having to dig a hole to drop the rudder ashore.

Best, Brian.

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Re: T500 RudderGraham H 6/05/06 20:19:18
    Re: T500 Rudderbrian henry 7/05/06 8:16:41

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