Should my rudders be parallel?

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Should my rudders be parallel?

Postby shanti » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:10 am

As I was installing my new autopilot, I had to physically center the rudders and realized they are not parallel to each other. The one has a slight toe. I've never had any issues, vibration, etc. but are they not paralleled on purpose?

52' twin Europa.

Should I attempt to straighten them with the tie bar or leave it alone?
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Postby Arch » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:16 am

It is normal for them to have a slight toe-in so there is slight pressure against the rudders to prevent chatter vibration in the rudder bearings and steering linkage. They should both be the same (both have the same toe-in)otherwise the autopilot will keep hunting to make corrections. It is important not to allow the rudder arm to dictate the actual alignment of the rudder. They are cast and not always accurate so measure the rudder, not the arm.
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