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Old 11-17-2010
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Faster is of course correct. There is usually at least a lower & upper bearing that take the 'slop' out of the rudderstock. Alternatively a flexible stuffing box could be used in place of either bearing. If you have Nigel Caulder's "Boat owners mechanical & electrical manual" there is an entire chapter devoted to steering systems that covers the rudder/tiller set up (with diagrams).
Servicing Your Stuffing Box by Don Casey
WM sells a rather unattractive plate for this. You could probably make your own and have it look better.
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