Originally Posted by Seastream
As I suspected, tnx. Any idea how to minimize play in the steering? I see no obvious adjustment points there.
Excessive steering play bothered me for a while, too. Over the last few weeks squeaking sounds from both rudder
tubes appeared causing fear of a worn rudder bearing.
So today i found the time to investigate. Here is what i found on my boat. Sorry, no pics.
In Cotemars's pics you can see the steering rod connected to the cable on oe side andthe tiller on the other. At first the onnection between the rod and the tiller was not as tight as it could be. Not much play but a little and an easy fix: just tighten the screw.
The bigger part of the play came from the connection between the cable and the rod-holding tube. even with a tight nut at the connection between the cable and the rod tube there was still significant play. I could see the end of the cable move back and forth. The nut was already at the maximum so i needed a suiteable washer. Inner diameter 16mm, out diameter 20mm. Its thickness depends on play, in my case around 10mm. I happened to find a large hose connector in locker my where i could saw a 10mm piece off. It was only 16x19 mm but seems to work ok.
I took off the nut, disconnected the rod from the tiller and slid the rod back through the tube.
That way the washer can be slid over the rod up to the collar at the end of the cable. Reassembled everything and the play was mostly gone. There is still some play involved, around 8cm at the end of the wheel but that is just a fraction of what it was before.
The squeaking noise
that has appeared over the last few weeks came from the rudder tubes. Every little movement caused a loud squeak, very annoying at anchor
in some swell. The lower rudder bearings showed no significant play and the upper bearings don't get much load so i wondered what could be wrong.
It turned out not to be the rudder bearings but instead it was just the top cap of the rudder tube holding the rudd stock. The tube is not 100% aligned with the rudder stock so there is a little pressure on these caps. But they are not intended as bearings so they started to squeak. I cleaned the rudder stock, added some teflon lubricant and all is well again.
I thought about normal grease or silicone but i have noclue about the material of the cap and maybe it startsto swell, making it even tighter.
is gone now. Steering was not tight before but now its very light.