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Charles Oates04/07/2020 20:16:36
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Thanks to you all for the help. I'm going to lower the prop shaft as John did, it seems much more natural to have it like that. I presume Vic built it the way he did to suit whatever ancient motor he had at the time.

I'm not worried about water coming up the shaft, I overcame that problem a while ago, I make my own shafts and tubes with end bearings and a centre bearing. Each section has a tube soldered in to top up the grease. Simple and cheap and fine for low powered models like this.

The pictures are a great help and thanks for the notes Tony, they will be very useful and I'll take your advice re the tiller arm. I've made the mistake in the past with inaccessible rudder posts, I was swearing at myself last week whilst fixing up an old model, a 20 inch Zwarte Zee.

Chas

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