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    Default Stiff tiller!

    Hi
    My tiller is really stiff. Anyone any idea what the likely problem is?
    Thanks 15638107956297425162413338563076.jpg

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    Default Re: Stiff tiller!

    Some manufacturers or repairers mistakenly believe that nylon is the best material for rudder bearings. In fact some grades swell more than 10% in water. Acetal is far better and not expensive.
    Answers to some technical queries at new website http://coxeng.co.uk

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    Default Re: Stiff tiller!

    My first guess would be a bearing seizing up. Second guess, but easier to fix would be weed or a bit of line fouling the rudder. If it came on gradually, first guess is more likely, if suddenly, the second.
    Steve
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    Default Re: Stiff tiller!

    Overheating from heater exhaust ��?

    Tight bearing? they can swell if not correct material
    Bent stock
    Rope jammed between hull and stock

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    Default Re: Stiff tiller!

    Thanks guys
    This is a winter job presumably when the boat is out of the water?
    Is there any way of lubricating temporarily do you know ?
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Stiff tiller!

    Quote Originally Posted by Crinan12 View Post
    Thanks guys
    This is a winter job presumably when the boat is out of the water?
    Is there any way of lubricating temporarily do you know ?
    Thanks
    Don’t think but if it’s the bearing swelling it will get worse though

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    Default Re: Stiff tiller!

    These little waterproof cameras you can get for about £30 are very handy for inspecting such things. They won't tell you if you have swollen bearing but they might tell you a host of other things.

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