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Old 26-01-2014, 11:54   #1
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Rudder re-attaching

Removed a rudder from a 7.7 metre bilge keeler. That was relatively easy. I now have it in the cockpit and need to lower it onto the pindles. It is very heavy and I am worried I will lose my grip and drop it into the sea. Is there some way to take the weight of the rudder while I lower it? The only places I can see to attach a rope seem to be the cutouts and I cannot see a way of using these as the have to slot onto the pindles.

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Old 26-01-2014, 12:05   #2
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Removed a rudder from a 7.7 metre bilge keeler. That was relatively easy. I now have it in the cockpit and need to lower it onto the pindles. It is very heavy and I am worried I will lose my grip and drop it into the sea. Is there some way to take the weight of the rudder while I lower it? The only places I can see to attach a rope seem to be the cutouts and I cannot see a way of using these as the have to slot onto the pindles.

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Keith... The rudder should be pretty close to neutrally buoyant if this helps ease your mind.... Stern hung? Any way you could post a few pictures?
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Grab hold using C-clamps and heavy plywood to spread the load.
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