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T37 Rudder Post too long?

 
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Steve Gross



Joined: 01 Feb 2007
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Location: New Mexico

PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:36 am    Post subject: T37 Rudder Post too long? Reply with quote

Accessing the emergency tiller inspection port on my PH does not allow enough clearance to fit the emergency tiller socket head on top of the rudder post. Apparently previous owners never realized this. There is no space available to relocate the inspection port another 2 inches aft to create the necessary clearance. The problem appears to be that the rudder post is too long. Because of the aft sloping angle of the post, if it were about 3 inches shorter at the top, I think the emergency tiller square socket would have the necessary clearance.

Obviously, this was a Ta-Yang oversight (1982 - hull #345). Do I have a leg to stand on in requesting they cover the expenses of removal, modification & reassembly of the rudder?
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hjkarten
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Joined: 21 Jul 2005
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Location: Del Mar, California, USA

PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve,
I noticed the same problem, but realized that if I shortened fitting that attaches to the tiller itself, I could then slide it over the rudder post.

There is a more serious problem with the emergency tiller - if you leave it as long as it came from the factory, you can't possibly swing is past the back of the steering pedestal (assuming that you have an Edson type of steering pedestal). If you cut it short, in order to clear, then it is too short to generate enough force my anyone of moderate strength.

As for your desire to have the company step in, you do have a 25 year old boat. I am not a lawyer, but it seems like an extreme request on your part.
regard,
Harvey Karten
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