Question about the rudder post
I have a 1975 Capital Yachts Newport 28. She's in good shape, I've done quite a bit of work on her in the five-going-on-six years I've owned her, and I'm pretty confident that things are for the most part shipshape. I've only daysailed her around the mid-and-upper Chesapeake Bay, so I don't have to worry about taking a beating in mid-ocean for days on end -- though I fully realize that a single broken cotter pin could run the fun even a hundred yards away from the slip.
So what's piqued my curiosity right now is the rudder post, or perhaps more accurately, whatever one calls the post the tiller is attached to. The point being, that I can lift it straight up out of the boat. It slides very smoothly, and I've never pulled it up more than a couple of inches. But I'm wondering if that should be possible at all? Below deck, the post is encased in fiberglass from the underside all the way down to the bottom, so there's nothing exposed there.
I assume that the rudder is actually attached to the hull by other means than hanging off the tiller (it wouldn't be so easy to lift otherwise). It's never shown the slightest tendency to come up during use. I'm just afraid to pull it all the way up for fear something might drop off the bottom of the boat if I do. I should have checked this out when she was on the hard for painting last year, but it didn't cross my mind then.
One other odd thing is that under power, water comes up through the tiller's deck fitting at a slow trickle. It's noticeable, but not a heavy flow, and it drains out the scuppers. It never does it except under way, so I'm thinking that the force of the prop wash against the rudder is somehow pushing water up that fiberglass tube.
Anyone have any ideas?
S/V Free Spirit
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