Rudder Blade Hangs Up.
My rudder blade will not drop without substantial force. Similarly, to raise the blade while in the water is nearly impossible without a two hand tug, ocassionally leading to a unwelcomed dunking. I have tried loosening the wing nut to the bolt that holds the blade in the housing, and have disassembled the blade from housing, light sanded and oiled the metal, yet nothing has helped. The boat was used in salt water for 5 years prior to my purchase of it for fresh water sailing. The ocean scum and salt residue have been removed from the blade as much as possible. I ipurchased a FS rudder lift, yet feel it will be useless to install until this problem is solved. Anyone have a similar issueand/or suggested remedy?
Jim SparkesFS 5393