Twist and Stow (Up / Down “T” Handle Style) Use and Adjustments

Simple adjustments can help to make the Twist and Stow rudder operate as designed.

If the rudder does not retract or deploy easily, it may be an adjustment or function issue. The rudder control lines may have been over-tensioned. The drum may not be properly adjusted. The system does require a few specific techniques for proper use.

Possible solutions:

Techniques for easier rudder system Up / Down use.

Hard steering to either side can cause excessive friction in control lines when raising or lowering the rudder. A more centered rudder will make raising and lowering operation smoother.

Deploy rudder: Pull the “T” handle on the right side tight and cleat.

Retract rudder: Uncleat the down line and pull the left “T” handle.

Adjust the drum bolt to prevent wobble and binding.

Drum bolts that are too tight or too loose can cause binding in the Twist and Stow system. Most common issue is where the bolts are too tight. A simple adjustment here can fix most systems. Loosen enough to allow the drum to rotate smoothly. Too loose and the drum may tilt and bind on itself. Lubrication (dry silicone) on contact points can also be quite helpful.

Adjust the steering control lines.

Steering lines should be tight enough to keep the rudder in position, but when over-tightened they can cause friction in the system that would hinder the raising and lowering of the rudder. Adjust for minimum tension. Center the steering handle and the rudder. Adjust the lines to hold the rudder centered.

The Twist and Stow system requires that the rudder be held in the down position firmly. If the rudder is allowed to come up, it begins to twist and will reduce your ability to turn right. Cleat the down control line in the “V” jam cleat provided (just aft of the “T” handles retracted position).

Lubricate the drum fittings and the line exit points in the hull.

The use of dry silicone on the drum contact points and control line pass-though points can reduce friction and make the rudder function smoother.

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