Hello wise forum,
I am relatively new on the forum and recently took the jump and bought a new to us, 1980 Carter Offshore
50' sailboat. A bit of an unusual boat
with 2 nearly equal masts carrying 2 self tacking jibs. I believe it is known as a Staysail Schooner with a Luna rig. However I digress.
is a "passive" hydraulic system (no externally powered pumps): a manual pump
at the helm
actioned by the the wheel
turning and a hydraulic cylinder at the rudder
, acting on an arm off the rudder
I found that the cylinder is leaking moderate amounts of hydraulic fluid (oil) which I can top up periodically for the time being. More confusing is that I find that the tiller does not sit in the center when the wheel
is in the middle between its Port and Starboard stops. It appears that the maximum rudder angle is greater to starboard (approx 50 degrees from centerline) than it is to port (approx 30 degrees from centerline).
I am wondering if the piston can loose it's central position within the cylinder due to a leak or air bubble? Or is it possible that it was originally installed off center to compensate for some effect (prop walk?). The previous owner never knew about it .... Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!