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Stiff Rudder and No Rudder Stops

Turning the rudder on my Newport 27 has always been quite stiff. Does the rudder stock and tube interface need lubricated? What lubricant is best and how is it applied? The laminated tube extends all the way up from the hull to the cockpit floor and I don't see any zerk type fitting in which to insert lubricant, the only thing I can figure is just squirting some down in the stock/tube interface at the top of the stock where it connects to the tiller. Also, I'm not seeing any upper bearing, perhaps it is missing or do Newport 27's not have upper rudder bearings? The stock is hollow aluminum until about 12" down inside the stock where suddenly there is a rusted hard surface, perhaps the hollow aluminum was filled with another metal for extra strength and that has begun to rust? Lastly, there appears to be no rudder stops as I can turn the rudder over 90 degrees till it is totally sideways, anybody else ever have this experience? I'm not sure if or how the rudder stop is integrated into the rudder system and how to fix it. Sorry so many questions, I hull out of the water in a few weeks and I haven't been able to find any information on the Newport 27 spade rudder stock and post construction, or similar ones like it, to address these concerns, any info or shared experience helps! Thank you!!
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Re: Stiff Rudder and No Rudder Stops

I'm sure one of our experts will help.

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Re: Stiff Rudder and No Rudder Stops

Drop the rudder and look inside.

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Re: Stiff Rudder and No Rudder Stops

I am guessing that this is a "new-to-you" boat...

So we're looking at a boat with a tiler? I am not familliar with a Newport 27 in particular.
If that is the case you don't need or want rudder stops! On a tiller boat you can use the rudder as the emergency brake by throwing the tiller over to 90. This helps stop the boat in emergency situations.

After you have hAULed out for the season it should be relatively easy to drop the rudder. Tell the yard workers that you are planning to do this, so that they will park you over dirt, rather than asphault. Drop the rudder and clean the log (the tube that the rudderpost goes into) and the post, then lubricate the shaft with waterproof grease. It would also be a good time to install a zerk fitting in the log (above the waterline) while the rudder post is out.


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