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A lot of slack on the tiller

I need some advice. The bronze hardware on the tiller of our '66 pearson wanderer fits pretty loose on the rudder post. I'm wondering if it can be squeezed shut to take out some of the slop or will this cause the metal to break. There is about 1/8 inch on each side of the rudder post. This creates quite a bit of wobble when sailing downwind or motoring. All the rest of the rudder assembly is tight.
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Re: A lot of slack on the tiller

Close,

Can you post a picture of the tiller to post connection?
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Re: A lot of slack on the tiller

You can't put some shims in there to take up the slack without stressing anything?
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Re: A lot of slack on the tiller

Shim it up tight with washers or wooden wedges, not so tight as so it won't lift and turn proper.
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Re: A lot of slack on the tiller

I would not try and bend it. Instead take the advice above and use something to fill the gap. Maybe several wraps of rigging tape around the shaft? Then tighten the sucker up.
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Re: A lot of slack on the tiller

o.k. and thanks. I'll try some kind of shim. Sorry I can't get a photo as I am not near the boat.
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Re: A lot of slack on the tiller

If you are saying the bearing is elongated like an oval, a shim will not work. The only solution I know is to either replace the bearing or have it welded(filled in) and re-bored. either requires removing the bearing. I am not sure if you need to remove the whole rudder though. I did this job on my '76 Pearson 28-1 and only had to lower the rudder about 6 inches.
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Re: A lot of slack on the tiller

If you're going to try shimming, try using a section of the wall of a plastic, soda bottle. It's slippery, cheap, and doesn't swell when wet.
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