Normal behavior for a rudder post?
I have a '75 Newport 28, which has the rudder under the cockpit and not hanging off the transom (skeg rudder?), and as I was working on it the other day I noticed that if I lifted straight up on the tiller I could lift its post right out of the fitting.
It dropped right back in without any ill effects, but I was wondering what the construction below was like. The manual says it has a stainless rudder post, so is that part attached below the cockpit, and the post on the tiller is removable for maintenance or cleaning?
My first immediate fear was that if I lifted the tiller all the way out the rudder would fall off, but upon sober reflection I figure that's not the case.
What kind of construction is down there, anyway? If I wanted to take the rudder off, how would that be accomplished?
S/V Free Spirit
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