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Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

I visited the boat. Before the good secure the rudder advice. Fortunately, the rudder stayed put. See two attached pictures. I'm thinking Sailortkj1 was right about the bolt going through the rudder post. So I think the problem is between the rudder post and the rudder. Bent? I don't know how to fix that, unless I elongate the hole the bolt passes through and then tighten down what I believe greg called a collar. Not sure I want to go that route though. I may just need to live with it. Am I missing something?

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Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

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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.....)
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Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

That is exactly the way I remember it on our old girl.
I would not be surprised if it come out of the factory slightly off.
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Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

Hadn't thought about redrilling. I'll consider that while I continue to sail as is. It's not off by much.

Thanks all. I've learned something. Friends and family frequently ask me how I know how to fix so many things. I always say that I've learned it by fixing my various boats.

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