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.
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.