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12-04-2012 09:04 PM
pearson301
Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

Hadn't thought about redrilling. I'll consider that while I continue to sail as is. It's not off by much.

Thanks all. I've learned something. Friends and family frequently ask me how I know how to fix so many things. I always say that I've learned it by fixing my various boats.

Peter
12-04-2012 08:28 PM
sailortjk1
Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

That is exactly the way I remember it on our old girl.
I would not be surprised if it come out of the factory slightly off.
12-04-2012 06:58 PM
Faster
Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

It looks like you've got room to remove the through-bolt, loosen the clamp; center the tillerhead, reclamp then drill a new hole just above the original and reinsert the bolt in a realigned position. You might want to take the tiller head to a drill press to get those holes in the right place, then "just" drill out the rudder stock in place. It'll still be a bit of a chore.

The mystery is how it got out of alignment in the first place. It's hard to imagine a force that would twist the rudder stock a few degrees but not damage the rudder.. of course, perhaps the rudder has been repaired but even so.....

Anyhoo.... if the rudder's not binding and feels OK just align things and go sailing.. (or just go sailing and live with it.....)
12-04-2012 06:37 PM
pearson301
Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

Here are the pictures.
12-04-2012 06:31 PM
pearson301
Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

I visited the boat. Before the good secure the rudder advice. Fortunately, the rudder stayed put. See two attached pictures. I'm thinking Sailortkj1 was right about the bolt going through the rudder post. So I think the problem is between the rudder post and the rudder. Bent? I don't know how to fix that, unless I elongate the hole the bolt passes through and then tighten down what I believe greg called a collar. Not sure I want to go that route though. I may just need to live with it. Am I missing something?

thanks,
Peter
12-04-2012 10:42 AM
sailortjk1
Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

Quote:
Originally Posted by Faster View Post
If you're worried about the rudder slipping out, make a rope loop of some sort and try to get it around the rudder and tie it securely to a stern cleat to prevent the drop while you remove/loosen the tiller head. You might need a helping hand and a boat hook to snag the blade.. and to push the rope off afterwards..
Yes, excellent advise, I do believe that it will float as I remember ours being Foam Filled. Maybe not the next generation though. Easy enough to put something under it to prevent a ton of headaches if it doesn't.
12-04-2012 09:53 AM
Faster
Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

If you're worried about the rudder slipping out, make a rope loop of some sort and try to get it around the rudder and tie it securely to a stern cleat to prevent the drop while you remove/loosen the tiller head. You might need a helping hand and a boat hook to snag the blade.. and to push the rope off afterwards..
12-04-2012 07:17 AM
pearson301
Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

Thanks all. Next step is to get to the boat, hour away, and take a look. I'll report back.

Peter
12-03-2012 08:54 PM
sailortjk1
Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

I sailed a '78 Cal 25-II, Lapworth design for many years. I believe the Hunt's came out a little later.
These were very rudimentary boats if you ask me.
The rudder design on our Cal was simply a rudder post with 1 bolt that went through the post and connected the tiller head to the post.
I don't know if yours attaches the same way. I did find some photos of the Hunt Cal, but nothing that had a clear shot of the tiller attachment to the rudder, but I think it is something very similar. If so, I don't see how they could be misaligned, it was one thru bolt that held the two pieces together and than the tiller attached to the same fitting.
Are you sure it is misaligned, or perhaps the tiller itself is bent?
12-03-2012 08:50 PM
Faster
Re: Tiller, rudder misalignment on Cal 24 Hunt

Greg's probably right... and since it is out of alignment that likely wouldn't happen if in fact it were keyed...
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