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Re: How much wiggle is OK in a rudder
It sounds like he's referring to the rudder wiggling port to starboard, not turning on it's axis. Clearly, if its a small boat with a gudgeon and pintals, this would be pretty common to have some play. For a spade rudder, with a water tight rudder shaft, I've not heard of any play like this being acceptable. May only need a new shaft bearing, but sounds like something is wrong.
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