We purchased a used 2002 Getaway this year. Prior sailing was on a 14' Snark so this year will be mostly spent getting used to catameran sailing. The 14'r is now the red-headed stepchild to the new Getaway!
This forum has been very helpful with several problems, i.e. stepping the mast, shoreline open water mooring, and most recently trouble tacking. Boy has that been a problem! All in all it's been a fun boat to sail.
On to my question/problem. I have been having difficulty with properly setting the rudders into the locking position. At our end of the lake we have to walk the boat out about 200 feet from shore before the rudders have enough clearance to be locked into place. With the main and jib flopping in the wind and one or two people holding the boat I, or someone else painfully tries to lock the rudders. Finally after sucessfully getting them "locked" we take off only to have one of the rudders break out of the locked position. On several occasions I have had to lay on the back of the hull and futs with getting the rudder locked back in place.
What should be the course of action concerning this problem? Do the cams get worn over the years and need to be replaced? I had thought of replacing the whole rudder system with the newer style (2008) but don't know if older boats can be retrofitted, plus it might be cost prohibited to do that.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.