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post #17 of Old 06-11-2011
rhr1956
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I bought a 1978 Pearson 26 OD in March. It had no rudder. The guy I bought it from had a Catalina 27 rudder cut down and sleaved it onto a new stainless rudder post. He gave that to me me with the boat. I finished some glass work, sealed with epoxy and painted it with anti fowl. A buddy helped me installed it in the water. We slipped the new lower bushing onto the rudder post. Tied a wire bail to the top of the rudder post and tied a rope to that. Then ran the rope up through the rudder tube. He guided the head of the rudder post into the opening and I pulled the post up through the floor of the boat. Installed the top bushing and washer, new collar, tiller head. Bingo! Works great.
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