When the Handels are turned you can hear the spring binding inside. When they are turned hard left or right they sort of pop past a point and stick hard. One side of the line does seem just s bit loose but it seems that would make it easier to turn the handles, not harder. Does anyone have any thoughts on this.
The binding you hear is likely the spring catching on the underside of the deck. In the first and second photo you can see 2 nylon washers, one of which the center hole has been enlarged. That washer fits between the deck and the spring and eliminates the catching you feel.
I've noticed on several occasions that the tiller arm is too short, that the tiller can turned a full ninety degrees and not fully turn the rudder. A longer tiller arm should allow full use of the rudder but a longer tiller will be needed to compensate for the increased leverage of the longer tiller arm.
the copper tube is filled with epoxy and increases the strength of the joint between the carbon fiber tube and the stainless tiller arm. nylon washers fit between the spring and boat and between the boat and the locking pin.
the zip ties are merely insurance, the loops in the rudder line are too small to be removed
I lengthened the tiller by drilling down the center and inserting a length of carbon fiber rod.
I can turn the rudder lock to lock with ninety degrees of tiller movement instead of 180 degrees. This will allow for some stretching of the rudder line and still maintain control.
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