Rudder blade lift kit

The rudder blade fits fairly snug in the rudder head, so much so that it has to be pushed down manually. Is this normal on the Flying Scots and do I need to use the plastic hold down pin? Also will the rudder blade lift kit from the Scots Store work with this condition. Jim Taylor FS3162

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Mine is pretty stiff also.

Mine is pretty stiff also. I was thinkling a little dis-assembly and cleaning would do the trick, just too busy to get to it. FS 1385

Mine moves tightly too, but I always thought it was by design.

Mine moves tightly too, but I always thought it was by design. I do not have a lift/lower kit, so I like the fact that it generally stays where I put it. Does the big wing nut on the rudder head make it easier or tighter? Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

Depends which way you turn it.

Depends which way you turn it.. (sorry, couldn't resist) Seems that when you tighten it, the blade stays put. Even with mine quite loose the blade still lifts hard. Gonna take it apart and clean it up to see if it helps. I have found lots of cakedin mud in various places, guess my boat sat in the dirt for awhile. FS 1385

I have the rudder lift on mine, and it works wonderfully.

I have the rudder lift on mine, and it works wonderfully. Now I wouldn't do without it. All I do is release the cord and the rudder drops nicely into place. I recommend it. And yes, my rudder worked pretty stiff, and was a hassle to put down...that's why the kit for me. Frank

Assuming the wing nut you are asking about is on the bolt that t

Assuming the wing nut you are asking about is on the bolt that the rudder blade rotates on, mine has a hex nut which of course can be loosened, dosen't seem to make any difference. Thanks for your comments, Jim Taylor FS 3162

quote:[i]Originally posted by Jim Taylor[/i] [br]The rudder bla

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[i]Originally posted by Jim Taylor[/i] [br]The rudder blade fits fairly snug in the rudder head, so much so that it has to be pushed down manually. Is this normal on the Flying Scots and do I need to use the plastic hold down pin?
That's the great part of the snug fit, you don't need a pin to hold the rudder down. I don't complain about the snugness since the rudder stays where it should. If it would be looser, I'd probably would need the plastic pin and have to worry about it breaking when the rudder hits ground.

Claus FS5074 Ames, IA

I've always used a golf tee as a rudder hold down pin.

I've always used a golf tee as a rudder hold down pin. It's easy to insert & remove, it holds the rudder in place, it easily shears if the rudder hits an object and it's easy & cheap to replace. Joel B. FS 5668

The rudder blade lift kit from Flying Scot Inc, includes a new p

The rudder blade lift kit from Flying Scot Inc, includes a new pivot bolt in the kit. The rudder blade is allowed to move more freely with the new bolt installed and tensioned properly according to instructions. The kit can be found on the FlyingScot.com website and is priced very affordably considiering everything is fitted and ready to install on a Scot. -Michael FS 5804 http://www.FlyingScotSouth.com Michael Mittman FS# 5804, Fleet 23 Corinthian Sailing Club White Rock Lake Dallas, TX

Michael Mittman

FS 5804, Fleet 23

Corinthian Sailing Club

White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX, USA

Hi Jim, David neff here.

Hi Jim, David neff here. Try cleaning the head of the blade to remove oxide build-up. also it helps to level the inside of the rudder head slot. this can be acomplished by taping or gluing 100 grit sand paper to a paint stick. If everything is smooth, a tight fit won't effect the action of the bungee pull down side of the rudder lift system. David