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 Post subject: Rudder problems
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 10:07 pm 
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Wed Mar 30, 2005 9:50 pm
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I brought a used Tiger 10 months ago and I have had problems with rudder aligments and since there is only 2 Tigers in Brazil it is dificult to get information about tunning.My problem is that i am having a little weather helm (which i like)in one direction and sailing the same way but on a a diferent tack I have lee helm that starts slowly until it gets very dangerous, specialy on a reach. My mast is slightly raked backwards and the cross bar that conects the the two rudders is screw in at the
> maximum. I measured the Leading edge of the rudders and the Trailing edge and the back distance is about 0,5 cm bigger than the leading edge as to give a small toe in. I raked back the rudder that is giving my lee helm and it improved a little bit ( but still i having lee helm) but what worries me is that the rudders rake should be equal and not different as they are now because if i rake them equal to the rudder that gives me weather helm on the other tack the boat goes to leeward to fast to control. The lower rudder casting of the rudder that is giving me lee helm is new but the plastic cam is not looking as tight as the old one even though i gave enough tension on the plunger. Are the lower castings the same for each side? are the rudders the same for the for the left and the right castings ?
thank you for your help :?:

> The boat is in overall good condition, i have measured it all diagonaly
> and it is ok. the only doubts that i have is about the rudders cross bar
> if it is original or not.
> How long does it measure from tip to tip with the ajusting tune tip all
> screwed in?
> Is the lower rudder casting the same for each side or do you have left
> and right ones?
> What is the lenght of the standart side stays and the front ones. The
> area that I Sail is Buzios and the winds there around 15 to 20 knots
> most of the days.
> I apreciate your help.
> Many thanks

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 7:21 pm 
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Joined: Thu Sep 16, 2004 6:57 pm
Posts: 6
Location: Virginia Beach
you need to check whether your rudders are straight. Lay each flat on a plain glass surface and measure how many millimeters the tip of the rudder is off the glass surface.
Turn the rudder and measure again. It should be the same distance. If not, and you can also see that, the rudders might not be straight.


Fritz-R. Klocke

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