So, everyone kept pushing me to use stainless here, but my understanding is that aluminum corrodes terribly when in contact with stainless. Now I'm back to my thought of drilling them all out and starting over with aluminum.
I went with the suggestion of a single rivet instead of two. The collar now has a little bit of play in it (moves a millimeter or two up and down) on the side opposite the rivet. Is this normal? I am assuming the pressure from the sail and the downhaul will keep things compressed.
End for ending the top section. Was jumping on here to start correcting everyone talking about the gooseneck but you beat me to it. I had thought I mentioned the collar on here, but now i see that was on a different site.
Was ordering some parts today and the recommended is 3/16" x 1/4". I understand extra spread for grip, but is it overkill? I only ask because I can get 3/16 x 1/4 stainless easy where as x 1/2 is a pain. I won't be going out in 20+ knots due to the age of the boat
The comments in here should point you in the right direction: How I Reduced My Laser Weather Helm | SailingForums.com
There are lots of posts on this forum about Lasers and weather helm. Some people are even making custom rudders that are straight and longer out of Hobie rudders to help this...