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post #2 of Old 04-03-2006
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I used to have an M25 and its rudderpost was thru bolted. There was no way this could slip. The rudder post has flat stainless pieces welded to it and then the rudder is assembled over it and filled with foam. I'm not sure exactly how they are assembled originally but the idea is to give the post more surface area or the rudder something to grab on to. It looks a lot like an upside letter F. Corrosion in an area like this is common as stainless needs oxygen to be anti corrosive. In a sealed enviroment it rusts like anything else. If the welds holding these pieces on failed there is nothing to prevent the rudder shaft from spinning inside the rudder body. Should be easy enough to check. Just have someone hold the tiller why you try to move the rudder. If it moves you can get a replacement from Moss Foam or repair it yourself.
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