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Yes, the Swivel fitting separated from the ram actuating arm.
The tiller arm on the rudder post can't travel 360 degrees. Maybe between 90 and 120 degrees max to get full rudder swing. Since the swing of the tiller arm is angled relative to the horizon, the hydraulic clyinder ram must be able to move up and down slightly, as well as left and right slightly to prevent any binding as the tiller arm moves.
I didn't notice any loctite on the threads, and I will have to check to see if the actuating arm of the hydraulic cylinder can rotate in the cylinder or not. If it can, this might explain how it unscrewed itself over time. If that is the case, some loctite and a hole / cotter pin modification might do the trick.
If the female socket on the swivel is broken, sheered, or stripped out, then I have a bigger issue which is probably either design or alignment related some how.
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1980 Pacific Seacraft Orion 27
Sailing Grounds: Southern California