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Finally someone that has a similiar type rudder configuration. No one seems to understand the situation. Even the yard wants to drop the rudder and install a bushing or spacer between the rudder and keel. When you turn the rudder the area between the hull closes up as you said. Can''t see a spacer, or bushing fitting in that area. My rudder is actually very close to the hull, closer than the older boats.
When you turn the rudder, the area where the post enters the rudder and hull also closes up.
The real damage is when the rudder is straight. A small area is gouged out right above the top front of the rudder. The rudder is real heavy and I can''t see how, when amid ship, it would float up and rub. However you can lift it up and it hits in this area. I have no problem when you turn the rudder as it does slightly touch the hull but there are only slight marks which is ok.
I saw some older boats in the yard without the swim platform. They had alot more room from the bottom of the hull to the rudder.
Also I tried to lift them and they seemed to stop prior to the leading edge hitting the hull. Mine goes straight up and hits. Sort of like something is missing inside. I,m a little lost of the tube configuration but above the quadrant there is a gap and the rudder post is open in that area. Thought maybe something might have been clamped around that area?
I''m going to the yard and give them your emai.
By the way, where are you located?
Be nice to be able to email you direct.
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