Another Kick-up rudder question

Curt Westlake (
Tue, 25 May 1999 14:30:16 -0400

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I had our new WWP 19 again last weekend, and we continue to ramp up the
learning curve. I had a great sail with my wife and two girls Saturday
on Lake Hartwell (SC) and again on Sunday with a friend of mine who
sailed competitively in his youth. Boy, I sure learned a lot from him
that day. Both days had fabulous winds for Hartwell at this time of
year--10 to 15 mph with gusts to 20. I have been meaning to chronicle
my adventures in all their humorous detail, but work beckons. I am
keeping an inventory of things that I have dropped overboard at my
slip. So far the count stands at one cotter ring, two clevis pins, on
mast raising system gin pole (interesting story), one Ramones CD.

I do have a question, though. it seems my kick-up rudder is pretty good
at going up, but getting it down in the fully extended down position
again is a royal pain. I t seems that the only way I can get the rudder
extended is to pull it out of the gudgeons and beat it on something
until it straightens out. Am I doing something wrong, or is there
something wrong with my rudder? Anybody else have this problem? (And
yes, I did release the kick-up line (is that what it is called?)).

As an aside, I would like to say that I absolutely love this boat.
There have been a few glitches that have their source in the factory,
but overall, she is just as solid, stable and easy to sail as IM, and
everyone here as stated. So far, I have learned to get the boat to
sail. Now, I have the rest of my life to learn how to sail her well.

Curt Westlake
WWP-19 #1096
Name: TBD...waiting for inspiration to strike.