1988 10 Meter-mid cabin Rudder Bushings

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1988 10 Meter-mid cabin Rudder Bushings

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Just finished a small project and wanted to share my idea and results. Like a lot of these older girls, the original upper rudder bushings wear out and the tiller arms start to wear into the fiberglass rudder pockets. I ordered a couple replacement bearings from Bob at the Beacon, but due to the severe wear and the fact that I would have to probably "double-up" the bearings, I decided to come up with a similar repair plan that would give me piece of mind and some longevity. I decided to add a floating washer/bearing in between the tiller arm and the lower bearing flange just for added friction surface.

So, with the help of a local machinist friend and a stick of 6/6 Nylon, I went to work measuring and came up with the pictured before and after:
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1988 Intl 10 Meter Mid-Cabin Exp
Model 340
Twin 454 (350hp) Crusaders
1.5:1 Gearboxes
Jacksonville, FL
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Re: 1988 10 Meter-mid cabin Rudder Bushings

Post by prowlersfish »

Nice work and good info.
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