So yesterday I confirmed that I sailed all last year with the rudder
I really discovered this because I felt the lock didn't work. This led me to finding directions etc on how to replace the pad on my Edson
rack and pinion unit (looks like a big PIA). But this led me to question whether I really understood how the unit worked to start with.
So yesterday I turn the know counter-clockwise, which just means that the metal knob unscrews from a plastic piece pressed on the shaft, took a pair of pliers and turned the shaft. And it turned and the wheel
now spins pretty easy.
So how could I have sailed all year with the lock dragging? Well last year when I went to move my boat for the first time I noted the wheel
was kind of hard to turn. Turned out the previous owner was at the dock
to get his new boat, so I asked him if this was normal. he tried it and said "that's normal it always like that". So I didn't think about it other than not liking it!
So the question is since he said it was normal, has the boat been sailed 11 years with the lock on?
Wonder if this is going to solve my issue with the autopilot
now that the lock is off?