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Hello. My name is Tan.
The first thing we have to do is determine if the steering in the boat is the problem or the rudder. Go to the rudder and disconnect the rudder from the steering. The steering cable will have a clevis on the end of the cable connected to the rudder. Remove the bolt in the clevis. Now turn the steering wheel is the steering easy or hard?
Can you take a picture of the steering cable at the rudder please?
Yes that is fine. With the ram disconnected from the rudders does the steering work easier?
Ok then the issue will be with one of the rudders. Disconnect the tie bar between the 2 rudders and see if one is easier to move than the other.
Has the boat been run aground or hit anything?
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Ok it could be just the stuffing boxes need to be serviced. This can be done in the water. Lets try to determine if it is just one or both rudders that are causing the stiff steering.
Pictures will help with servicing the rudders.