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Passport 40 Tight Rudder

I recently bought a 1984 Passport 40, and there is a problem with the rudder shaft seal and/or bearings. It takes a lot of force on the wheel to move the rudder with the wheel. I took off the steering cables and autohelm hydraulic arm, and found the rudder shaft too tight to move with the emergency tiller. I am hoping to avoid removing the quadrant and dropping the rudder to solve the problem, as I suspect it is a lubrication issue. Anyone have a similar problem, or better yet, a solution?
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Something's definately wrong there. What did the surveyor find pre-sale?

I kinda doubt it's a problem with the stuffing box nut too tight. More likely something in the rudder post housing or the skeg fitting or, heaven forbid, the rudder post itself.

My guess is you're gonna have to pull it to find out for sure.

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I doubt it's just a lubrication issue. Did the surveyor find any problems with the rudder?? If the rudder stock is bent, that could cause this kind of problem, but it is only one possibility that could present this way. Pulling the rudder is your only option to find out what is really going on.
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Look for an aluminum component in the rudder bearings. As aluminum corrodes, it swells considerably and has been known to bind a rudder.
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You may try asking the question here... Passport Mailing List

I don't have the same issue with my Passport 40, but I know a number did have rudder issues. I'm pretty sure the group at that link will be able to help. Can I ask which Passport 40 you bought? (what location)
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