[Public-List] Tiller Head Key

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Tue Oct 13 07:25:40 PDT 2009

On #133 the original tiller head was broken during a haul out..............don't ask. The marina used a Dremel tool to cut a keyway for the replacement Edison tiller head. They did this while all was on the boat. This was done just prior to my ownership and I have not taken it apart to see how well they did the keyway. All appears to be solid and the tiller is centered. The story I have was that the original tiller head either did not use a keyway or the keyway was on the incorrect side of the rudder stock to install the Edison part. 
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From: "RogerW" <rcsbiz08 at toadmail.com> 
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Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 9:47:26 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: Re: [Public-List] Tiller Head Key 

About this keyway business--#26 has a setscrew on the forward side of 
the head which slips about 30 degrees in it's corresponding divot since 
the rear clamp bolt is snug but not clamping tightly. There is no keyway 
in the shaft, just the divot. How easy to cut a keyway, by hand, on the 
boat? I used to have a keyway chisel, but never found a reason to use 
it. Alternatively, what about having a welder partially fill the tiller 
head hole with bronze and re-drill? I suspect that the setscrew is just 
to keep the head from "jumping" off, and should be brass, though it is 
1/4" Stainless now. 'Course if we fix it we will have one less excuse 
for poor showings at the races...! 

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