I made a small, teak, slotted wedge to slip under the pivot section of the rudder when raised in shallow water. The heavy rod portion is covered in split PVC pipe and a thick sleeve bushing keeps the bronze rudder head from grinding in to the deck plate.
It all went back together and its off to the next pre-season task...
|stainless steel 'knock-up' rudder|
|bronze rudder head assembly that accepts the tiller|
|rudder in raised position|