We have recently converted our Luders 36 back to the original drawings as well. Our problem was that the rudder
post was very well placed (for a tiller), extending through the cockpit
sole behind the wheel/binnacle at the very back of the cockpit
. Not greatest because you tripped on it all the time in the limited space (behind the stupid wheel). But someone decided that an emergency
tiller would be easier to install on square stock rather round, so they (I mean the builder) ground the round stock into a nice square. Sounds good when you want your tiller made out galvanized steel
with essentially a 1 3/4" socket welded on to it. Not so much when you want an ash and mahogany tiller that needs to be at least 2" wide at the butt end.
Long story short is get your engineering budget
sorted before you start. Ours was a ~$500 custom milled 316 stainless block to convert the too small square to properly size rectangle to fit a standard rudder head
, and thus the tiller.
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