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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:09 pm 
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Okay, so my new (to me) 1981 Hobie 16's rudders have a machined piece of billet alluminum in place of the rudder cam. I've seen the cams in my buddies 1983, and my set up is nothing like his. My top casting piece is bolted to this aluminum piece where his has the adjustment screw on top. So this aluminum piece pivots there and where its rivoted in the bottom casting (where normally the cam would be). It all opperates the same as the regular system. Lift up and push back to drop the rudders, lift up and pull they come up. Even without the spring system they stay down unless they are given a decent amount of resistance (I.e. Running aground).

Is this something people have seen before? Has this ever been factory? I just don't know... I'll try and get some pictures of the situation. Sorry for my terrible discription. Thanks in advance for any help.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:09 pm 
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Congrats on your Hobie - you'll have a ton of fun. Someone may know your setup but pix may help. viewtopic.php?f=18&t=8574

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:30 pm 
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Alrighty. I've got some pictorials...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:06 pm 
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Can't wait to hear this one explained.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:18 pm 
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jonh wrote:
Can't wait to hear this one explained.


I know, right!? It functions just as well as my buddies cam setup, if not tighter(less slop)... I do know the original owner raced it for most of its lifetime. But I'd really like to know if anyone else has ever seen this before...

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:18 am 
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Rudder cam video from you tube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jfn8f93XiQ

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:14 pm 
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Great video waldorf but el_gato_loco is looking for tips to ID these metal cams as they do not appear to be the plastic rudder cams we are used to seeing.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:30 am 
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Its definitely a custom setup.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:34 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:31 pm 
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Tom King wrote:
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Yeah, I know... Any thoughts?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:58 am 
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el_gato_loco wrote:

Any thoughts?


If it works, go with it. I don't see any permanent changes made to the castings, so you could always switch it back if you want.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:02 am 
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srm wrote:
el_gato_loco wrote:

Any thoughts?


If it works, go with it. I don't see any permanent changes made to the castings, so you could always switch it back if you want.

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My thoughts exactly
Thanks guys!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:54 pm 
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If it works really good for all things they are needed for, it will be well worth close examination of the design. Rudders need to be easy to lock down, and kick up, but stay locked down while sailing in any conditions. I've never had any problem operating, and maintaining the stock design, but cams do wear out.


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