Take load off by lifting the rudder a few millimeters.Hi My name is chris Mccarthy. I have an 1984 first 38. I love the boat and I'm in the middle of a refit. I trying to drop the rudder and the pin was difficult to get out but finally came with a couple of bruised knuckles. Now I at the thrust betting. It has never been disassembled and it's not budging. Is there a special trick?