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Old 06-03-2008
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I would think the key being bronze will hopefully have absorbed most of the wear and replacing it will restore to a tight fit. As you know the only way to find out is to remove it and take your lumps. If the rudder shaft keyway is OK but there is wear in the head you might be able to have the heads' keyway enlarged and use a step key. If the post is worn; well, you know what needs to be done in that case.

Good luck, John
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