Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'
Double check yourself.. measure the distance from bottom of rudder to the ground.. then measure the length of the stock inside the boat up to and including the top of the rudder stock, you'll need an extra inch or so of clearance to ease removal and reinstallation.
If you've got 24 " to the ground now, and 26" of rudder stock... you're out of luck. Be sure to factor in the rudder stock angle.. if it's angled the rudder will move back and down.. might gain an inch or so there....
It's quite common to need to dig a pit to get the stock out of the rudder tube.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. 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)