Oh yes I have had that happen without the nasty lesson.
There is a straight stainless tube that runs from the top of the blade up through the hull to the tiller - a plain tube with holes either side at the top to take the tiller bolt. No threading on the tube at all. As such if you pull the...
A happy end to the story and confirmation that the rudder definitely sinks.
Had the guy doing the hull clean have a look around and they eventually located the rudder in about 5m of water 20m from the back of the boat. A surprising distance away it must glide quite well.
They helped me reinstall...
Thanks SteveLKN and Codybear - your thoughts pretty much match mine.
It is definitely choppy enough for a slightly buoyant rudder to work its way out - apart from weather driven waves we have the Manly Ferry going by a few dozen times a day.
I do think there is a better chance it just sank so...
Hopped onto Cinnamon for a nice Sunday race this morning and straight away noticed that there was a nut and washer sitting on the deck at the base of tiller and the bolt half hanging out the other side. Sadly the tiller was no longer attached to the neck of the rudder and the rudder was gone...
Looked like a nice weekend for coming back down the coast.
I am a member of PAC in Pittwater and was thinking of running up there to do my annual antifoul too - though it would be a DIY job and a first time for me after only owned trailer yachts previously.
Hi Boxing Roo,
I am the lucky new owner of 'Cinnamon'. Finally got her down to Sydney (ended up popping her on a truck) and have been enjoying Sydney Harbour in her with some gentle cruising and social racing.
Have her moored at North Harbour.