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    Default Lubber Catboat Rudder Questions

    I'm in the finishing stages of the rudder for my Wm Garden TomCat build, and am thinking a bit ahead with these questions in mind:

    1. Should the rudder be "permanently" in stalled? That is, since the boat will be trailer-sailed, should the rudder be left in place during trailering?

    2. Should I install some sort of locking pins, such as cotter pins or other type to prevent the pintles from slipping out of the gudgeons either during sailing and/or trailering?

    Thaks

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    Default Re: Lubber Catboat Rudder Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by GregH View Post
    I'm in the finishing stages of the rudder for my Wm Garden TomCat build, and am thinking a bit ahead with these questions in mind:

    1. Should the rudder be "permanently" in stalled? That is, since the boat will be trailer-sailed, should the rudder be left in place during trailering?

    2. Should I install some sort of locking pins, such as cotter pins or other type to prevent the pintles from slipping out of the gudgeons either during sailing and/or trailering?

    Thaks
    1. No, bad idea, just asking for trouble.

    2. There are commercial products specifically made for holding the pintles in place. Here's one from Duckworks

    https://www.duckworks.com/product-p/rl-336-parent.htm

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    Default Re: Lubber Catboat Rudder Questions

    Thanks for the tips Dusty- that gadget on Duckworks looks like the solution!

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    Default Re: Lubber Catboat Rudder Questions

    Depending on your launch ramp depth and the incline of the boat as it slides off the trailer you may find that a mounted rudder will be jammed up against the transom, so setting it on the gudgeons after the boat is afloat may be necessary.

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    Default Re: Lubber Catboat Rudder Questions

    Removable rudders should always be removed for trailering and in some cases launching / retrieving. The easier it is to mount and dismount the rudder while in the water, the happier you'll be. I recommend installing the rudder keeper on the top gudgeon area, so you can easily reach it from the cockpit.
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