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Re: O'Day 17 ft Daysailer I centerboard help?
I should have known you would have said tiller if that is what you meant.
I am unfamiliar with the centerboard raising/lowering mechanism on the ds 17 mk1 but it sounds like a nice piece of teak of mahogany would probably work for the "handle". Use a cheaper wood if you don't care if it doesn't last long.
Your rudder is cored; very common practice amongst boat manufacturers. The core is enclosed in a resin but that watertight seal has been compromised in your case. The edges of the core will need to be covered by a new seal before any repair can happen.
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