Originally Posted by Kelkara
Well it may have been a fairly simple fix ...
The Kero tank is out, and isn't going back, And I've opened up the access to the quadrant.
There were two bolts that were a bit loose ... so I tightened them up, and it seemed to fix the problem. If I've understood things correctly these should be set-screws that engage dimples in the rudder-post to hold the quadrant in place. Does that seem reasonable? or have I just masked the symptons by tightening up something unrelated?
So it looks like the wheel is getting a reprieve for now. Although I'm still keen on the idea of going back to a tiller ... so I'm keen to continue that discussion. But hopefully now I can sail the boat while I plan out what needs to be done in a more relaxed timeframe.
As addressed, the fix is likely temporary.
The more correct way would be to loosen the two bolts circled in red below, remove the bolt (there may be two) circled in yellow, clean the clamping slot with a hacksaw blade, then re-clamp the quadrant starting with re-installing and tightening the bolt(s) marked in yellow and then moving to the 'locating' bolts marked in red.
It is likely that there are no 'dimples' drilled into the rudder shaft. As recommended above, cup headed set screws will work
better, but if you get socket head
set screws that disappear into the hub when you tighten them that's asking for a whole nuther set of problems. Better in my mind to just sharpen a point on to the existing bolt...the main force holding the quad to the shaft is the clamping provided by the split flange.
And don't forget to neversieze both the clamping and locating bolts when you reassemble. Stainless in aluminum
dry in that location is almost guaranteed to corrode into place permanently...
I'm with most others in eventually going to a tiller though...