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Tiller issue on old Sunfish


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I just bought an old Sunfish sailboat with an old style rudder attachment. When I move the tiller it rubs against the bolt/wingnut in the spring plate. For some reason the tiller is not clearing this bolt when the tiller is moved. I'm curious if anyone has any advice.

signal charlie

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The aft end of the tiller should rest on a notched piece on the forward edge of the rudder blade. Sometimes either the tiller or the blade points are worn, when that happens we put in a small wooden or rubber shim to raise the tiller a bit.