Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt
It looks like you've got room to remove the through-bolt, loosen the clamp; center the tillerhead, reclamp then drill a new hole just above the original and reinsert the bolt in a realigned position. You might want to take the tiller head to a drill press to get those holes in the right place, then "just" drill out the rudder stock in place. It'll still be a bit of a chore.
The mystery is how it got out of alignment in the first place. It's hard to imagine a force that would twist the rudder stock a few degrees but not damage the rudder.. of course, perhaps the rudder has been repaired but even so.....
Anyhoo.... if the rudder's not binding and feels OK just align things and go sailing.. (or just go sailing and live with it.....)
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
Last edited by Faster; 12-04-2012 at 08:00 PM.