I have had a bit of a rudder issue whith my TI. It was probably operator error at first. To turn the rudder was a wrestling match to a wrist wrenching exercise.
After the second time out and the rudder controls being impossibly tight to turn either way, I gave the rudder down haul a good hard pull. My mate said "That's it, you fixed it". The rudder moved much more freely now, but we had less rudder turning control and a heap of slop in the tiller controls.. Short story, we had stretched the rudder strings..
I gave Brett at Windrush Yachts a call and he got me sorted over the phone. On ya Brett.
I loosened both rudder string anchor screws, squared the rudder controls, squared the rudder, pulled the strings firm and tightened down the screws. All done,,,,,,,,,, so I thought.
YESTERDAY,, Sunday. Jeanne and I took the TI for a swim in Bunbury Harbour. Review for the Bunbury ramp soon.
We climbed aboard and headed out to the harbour proper. Got told off for being on the wrong side of the channel (blush),
15 knots plus, choppy and great fun,,,, except there was a lot of traffic, moored boats and things to dodge. It wasn't that congested 30 years ago I can tell you, the last time I sailed here.
BUT, a good wet time had by all. Time to head back to the ramp. I have the sheet rope, Jeanne has the rudder. There is 200 feet between two warfs, rocks and a verry small beach.then more rocks, then open sea,,,,,, allmost no rudder control. The warf on our left is falling down and marked off with floating Keep away markers and a light weight 1.5 meter bouy with a light on it. We run it down with the port arkas.
It is about now I politely ask Jeanne,
"For @#$% sake ,,, hard to starbord,, turn hard !@#$%^& right".
To which she demurely informs me "I can't,, there is no !@#$%^& rudder".
Oh crap. OK, no more husband wife now. Me captain, you one step above cabin boy.
Furl the sail NOW. Man the peddles, grab an oar. We are just entering the 200 M gap between the two warves, the boat channel, no rudder, boats coming, one behind us about to pass, warf pilons beconing us and one small sandy beach to starboard with BIG rocks either side,,,,,,,, easy. head for the beach, about 100 meters away. Long story short. We made the beach peddling hard and usiNg the oars in reverse (paddleing backwards) to point the TI.
The left hand ruuder control string had decided we haven't had enough excitement for today yet. It came loose, verry loose.
There is this very good web site. One of the headings says :"NEVER SAY DIE"!http://www.members.westnet.com.au/photo ... /links.htm
So,,, no tools,,, what to do.
I squared the stearing controls, squared the rudded, wrapped the strearing string twice around the screw, fed the rudder holder up bungee around the joined strings and attached that to the bolard thingy on the deck.
It got us back to the ramp, but it was still pretty dodgy. We had minimal rudder control.