How do I know what's missing from my rudder?

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How do I know what's missing from my rudder?

Postby KeyWest » Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:46 pm

My rudder was kind of wiggly and didn't clear the hull at the leading edge of the plastic part. My friend took the whole thing out. Now, when he puts it back it looks like something was missing. I don't know what to call any of the pieces. How do I begin to ask questions about it, and how do I know if something is missing? My friend has repositioned it higher in its hole and now it won't clear the keel at all? I told him it's the original to the boat, and he says that probably something is missing. What do I do? I'll try to post pictures, but it's so hard to do on this forum.

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Postby Paul » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:06 pm

Begin by telling us which boat you have. Someone will know what parts ought to be there, and may even have some sort of drawing or pictures from when we took ours apart.

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Postby KeyWest » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:42 pm

C-26 fixed keel 1978. Apparently most people have the swing keel, but the rudder is the same. The rudder can be moved up or down with a rope. It's made of white plastic, and the area where it pivots up and down is made of what appears to be aluminum. The plastic on the rudder is a very white matte dense plastic which still looks brand new. Weird.

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Postby EmergencyExit » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:27 am

KW, I some a pic of the rudder post assembly on EE's site here
http://pwp.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep ... 301349&ck=

Also if you email me pics I'll get them posted for you..there's also a helpful (somewhat) guide at

http://www.chryslersailors.com/discussi ... php?t=1373

and
http://www.chryslersailors.com/discussi ... php?t=2499

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Postby KeyWest » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:30 am

I'm missing the blue spacer. What material is it made of and how wide is it?

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Postby EmergencyExit » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:58 am

I'll measure for you this weekend - but it was about an inch, maybe inch and a half or so of PVC plastic on EE - I'd like to replace it with stainless personally but didn't want to get into metal on metal galvanic or other issues..

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Postby EmergencyExit » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:43 am

1 inch was correct on my rudder spacer

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Postby KeyWest » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:55 pm

Perfect, thamks!

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Postby EmergencyExit » Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:11 pm

Hey KeyWest - are you by chance sailing 'Ragtime' down key West way ?


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