Skerry rudder blade

Hi. I'm assembling the rudder on my Skerry and have a question regarding how the the rudder blade operates.  My understanding is a 3/16" line deploys the rudder when pulled, once deployed the jam cleat (mounted on the back of the rudder) is used to hold the rudder blade in the deployed position.  I've assebled this part and it appears to work as described, however I have two questions:

1) Since the rudder blade is held in the deployed position by a jam cleat, what happens if the blade hits something when deployed?

2) When beaching or launching how do I hold the rudder in the up postion? 

Apparently some CLC designs use a "star knob" to increase friction on the blade pivot but my CLC kit did not include a star knob.  I'm thinking maybe the star knob is not a bad idea.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated.  Mike.


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RE: Skerry rudder blade

   I use the star knob, because you can adjust the tension.  You can make it tight enough to stay down under normal conditions, but loose enough to ride up if it hits something.  It takes a little finesse to adjust it under way, but I’ve never had a problem doing it.

It doesn’t come with the kit.  I bought mine at the big box store.  It will corrode fast, but at $4.00, I figure it is disposable.  One/season wouldn’t be too bad.              

                  I also have the line set up as per the directions, minus the jam cleat which was somehow missing from my hardware package.  


RE: Skerry rudder blade

���The skerry is so light if you ground with the line in a cleat you pretty much just stop. Now I haven't done that against rock just mud and sand. If I pop the line out of the cleat the rudder usually just pivots up. That said, to raise it before dragging requires me to reach over the stern and swing it up by hand. Can be awkward. I've been meaning to look at adding an uphaul. There is enough friction to hold it but I don't want the drag of a star knob down there in the water so I just adjusted the pivot bolt to taste. I made a bushing from stainless tubing that the bolt fits in closely. That way the threads don't chew on the plywood and the carefully sized length of the bushing allows a little pressure on the rudder cheeks to give friction but prevent overtightening that might crack the wood.

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The auto-release camcleat and  of coarse:Christine de Merchant!   (scroll down).


RE: Skerry rudder blade

   Thanks Hooper,  Mummichog, Laszlo and Ruud.  All good sugestions.  I think I will go with the duckworks auto release on the downhaul.  I enjoyed reading Christine de Merchant's blog and may try her uphaul idea.  Mummichog, where did you find stainless tubing?

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���I manage an engineering test department so I know where we hide all the surplus material! But when I need more than just a little scrap, I use McMaster-carr,, industrial supply. Great for all kinds of stuff and they were doing fast order delivery before Amazon was a gleam in Jeff Besos eye.

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