Agreed thanks for this. It will help many future Prindle sailors. I will double check the tightness of my locking bolt to make sure it is also moving freely. Not sure if it has anything to do with it but can't hurt.
Dustin Finlinson • Magna, UT
Member: Utah Sailing Association
1982 Prindle 18
1986 Hobie 17
1982 Prindle 16
1980 Prindle 16(mostly)
1976 Prindle 16(mostly)
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The "locking bolt", situated in the rudder, must be tight, the "locking pin", situated on the rudder casting, must have enough play to move up and down, some make the mistake of overtightening the locknut, preventing the "locking pin" from moving. Clear as mud huh....
Just got a chance to check out your Prindle Rudder Mechanism album, very nice! Reads like a novel and even though I've never had a Prindle I now feel qualified to put the rudder system together.
1992 Hobie 18 Magnum
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once you get through the learning curve for the prindle rudders, they work great and adjusting/tuning is easy. i went through mine the first season i had the boat and they still work perfect, i just inspect them regularly...i replaced the lines again this spring and did it ten times faster than the first time. solid glass is nice...
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