I have a 69 M25 and for the most part the rudder is installed through the bottom and is attached to the top with one bolt that is connected to the tiller. Easy to remove when out of water, if you attempt this while in water i recomend you prepair your self for a swim. Make sure you are in shallow clear water when doing so.
04-03-2006 05:45 PM
Sorry its Foss Foam. They have an ad in the back of Good Old Boat
04-03-2006 05:41 PM
I used to have an M25 and its rudderpost was thru bolted. There was no way this could slip. The rudder post has flat stainless pieces welded to it and then the rudder is assembled over it and filled with foam. I'm not sure exactly how they are assembled originally but the idea is to give the post more surface area or the rudder something to grab on to. It looks a lot like an upside letter F. Corrosion in an area like this is common as stainless needs oxygen to be anti corrosive. In a sealed enviroment it rusts like anything else. If the welds holding these pieces on failed there is nothing to prevent the rudder shaft from spinning inside the rudder body. Should be easy enough to check. Just have someone hold the tiller why you try to move the rudder. If it moves you can get a replacement from Moss Foam or repair it yourself.
03-31-2006 02:08 PM
Can anyone explain how to remove the rudder from a Morgan 25. The precise issue is that when the tiller is centered the rudder is not. The integrity of the rudder/shaft attachment does not appear to be compromised. That is -- the rudder is firmly attached to the shaft and there is no evidence of water penetration, delamination, etc. It's just that when the tiller is pointed north the rudder is slightly to the west. That is: the tiller is centered and the rudder is a little to the left of center (which is how I used to describe myself). I would like to address this before splashing the boat for the 2006 season. Thanks.