Re: Dory Kick-Up Rudder
Clint, here's a picture of my disassembled rudder that shows what I did. The top, rounded end of the rudder blade is grooved like a sheave, and the smaller sheave inset into the rudder housing is actually two independent sheaves on the same pin. One part of the rope goes around one way for the uphaul, and the other one goes around the other way to haul the blade down. The control rope is then led up through the top of the rudder stock through that carved race inside there, and thence to a clamcleat to hold the position. This may be more complicated to build than you want, but it is neat and tidy, with no free bits of rope to trail through the water or get tangled on something. I will say I haven't had any problems with it yet for three years running so far. Did I describe that well enough? Hope so, and hope it might help.
Last edited by James McMullen; 11-08-2009 at 12:40 AM.
Amphibious Macroplankton Oughtredia doublendus
Mostly found frequenting the littoral and estuarine zones in the southern half of the Salish Sea, though sightings have been recorded both north and south of this area, and occasionally, but rarely, inland, in freshwater environments. This species lives on micro-brewed beer and dutch-oven biscuits,and displays brightly colored nylon and gore-tex plumage during the rainy season. Approach with caution!