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The mysterious pin?

On our 1981 C&C 32 there is a 1/4"stainless steel pin, about 3" long with 1" of thread on it.
It sit's in the centre of the skeg right in front of the rudder. It screws into the hull all the way to the end of the threads.
It is not unique to just our boat as I have found pictures of other C&C 32's with the same pin in the same spot.
Does anyone have any idea as to what this pin is for?

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Re: The mysterious pin?

I've seen that before too.. I always assumed it's merely a pin to deflect debris from finding its way into the slot between the skeg and the top of the rudder balancing tab and jamming things up.

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Re: The mysterious pin?

That's what we thought too. It seems a bit light weight for that though.

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Re: The mysterious pin?

it's pretty common. here's my rudder about 4 yrs ago. just before we did barrier coat on the bottom. see the pin?

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Re: The mysterious pin?

Although it seems extremely small for deflecting debris away from the gap at the top of the rudder.
I just heard back from a very reliable source who knows the C&C 32 very well and that's what it is for.

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Re: The mysterious pin?

Where's the skeg?. Pic looks like a spade rudder to me.

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Re: The mysterious pin?

It not a picture of a C&C 32, nor is that a picture of my boat.
It's a picture of Denise030's boat.

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Although it seems extremely small for deflecting debris away from the gap at the top of the rudder.
I just heard back from a very reliable source who knows the C&C 32 very well and that's what it is for.
Seems to me that it will only deflect debris in the straight ahead position, if at all. And if debris goes into the slot while the helm is turned, it will be quite difficult to get it out when straight ahead again. (I'm referring to Denise's picture, don't know C&C boats at all).

Seems a little hit-n-miss to me.


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Re: The mysterious pin?

Wouldn't that be what the skeg is there for; to deflect debris from the rudder?
A pin seems superfluous, don't you think?
Have any of you considered that it's for a zinc?

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Re: The mysterious pin?

If you've ever gotten a line jammed into that slot, like a stray mooring line or pickup line, you'll appreciate how just a little piece of 1/4" rod would be enough to prevent the jam.

Debris? Not really, but enough to prevent a lot of inconvenience at next to no cost.
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