One year the steering on our 33' Brewer was not tight, it was almost frozen solid. The boat over wintered in Newfoundland
, but that's not much different from Maine
. Don't know the mfg, and disconnected the quadrant to assure it was not the rudder. Using all my weight I was able to budge it. I worked on it for a few hours and it gradually loosened up. It was stiff but usable when we splashed and became totally free after my first trip that season, which was a nasty 12 hour run In irregular 5' swells.
Now it's a bit tight again, but still usable. A mystery to me.