"So my rudder hold down bar has arrived from Compac. Instructions are pretty clear. Should be an easy install. However, I am puzzled at how it operates:
1) How will this respond when the rudder hits something (like grounding)? Does the bar kick-out from the hold down block at the tops of the rudder? If so, I am struggling to see how this happens. Seems like it will stay put and continue to hold the rudder down.
2) When you raise the rudder, how do you secure it in the top position?
3)Do you replace the lever nut on the rudder with a stop nut and only slightly tighten so the rudder is free to move up/down.
4) Does this completely eliminate the need for leaning over the transom to loosen/tighten the rudder nut.
Thanks for your insight,
You'll notice the two welded on tabs on the rudder hold down bar, Dan. The top one goes under the nylon/plastic tab that is mounted on the top of the rudder stock when the rudder is in the down position. The other one, further down the rod is for holding the rudder in the up position. The tab goes on TOP of the nylon/plastic tab in this position. It doesn't hold it all the way up, but up enough.
When you hit something with the rudder, reach back and release the rod and pull it to the up position, or let it drag along the bottom if you like depending on the bottom. When back in deeper water you can reset the rod in the fully down position.
I leave a little tension on the rudder nut but not enough to keep me from easily moving the rudder up and down with the rod. I also have a loop of line encircling the rod to keep from losing it behind the rudder.
I grounded on a sand bar last weekend and the rudder did NOT pop up but bumped along until I could get back to release it. This bent the rod a bit so that it wouldn't go into the fully down - a little bit forward of vertical position. When I got home, I was able to straighten the rod and that did the trick. Wasn't hard to do.
Hope this helps.