Installing the rudder lift kit
In case anyone is contemplating purchasing the rudder lift kit from Flying Scot, Inc., and installing it on their Scot, I just today installed the kit on my boat and can report that it is a fairly simple and straightforward procedure.
I am not one who often works with tools. Not very often at all. But the instructions from the factory and taking my time to be sure I didn't do anything dumb made the installation very easy. I'd say it took about two-and-a-half hours; but, again, I went slowly to make sure I didn't mount something on the wrong side and drilled the necessary holes true and carefully.
The only difficulty--and this was minor--was the size of the hole drilled through the rudder blade for the shock cord. It was a bit difficult to thread the shock cord through the hole. I contemplated deviating from the instructions and drilling the hole a bit bigger, but I employed a tiny flathead screwdriver to help push the shock cord through and, once it was through and I could see the fit with the cord stretched, was glad I hadn't drilled the hole larger.
Of course, the proof of my addition will be when I mount the rudder assembly onto the boat and take her out. But so far, so good! I can't test it on the boat as I brought the rudder assembly home to do the lift kit installation--and am glad I did. I don't think it's a project for a boatyard--unless you have a comfortable and well-equipped yard (and a sweet wife who can refill your tea while you work).
Any questions? Shoot me an email.
- Jim Locke
- FS 4592
- Montgomery, Alabama