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Rudder Post Problems
I am answering my own question for the benefit of others. My shaft was removed by removing the prop, loosening the coupling, and pulling the shaft past the rudder. The yard then removed and replaced the cutlass bearing. I am having the shaft and prop inspected (after cleaning up) by a local prop shop.
With respect to the play in the rudder due to sloppy rudder bushing, I am doing the following:
1) align the split bushing so half is fore and half is aft of the rudder post,
2) wedge the small block that is aft of the skeg and in front of the bushing by pushing a small shim in the space; do this above and below the small block and on both port and starboard sides to insure even distribution of pressure on the block,
3) test the rudder for stability,
4) if the rudder is stable (it was in my case), epoxy the shims in place.
I will post some pictures later to illustrate the steps taken/described above.