Originally Posted by S/V Alchemy
This fellow is installing a fairly complex Jefa steering system in his Westsail 42:
Building A Westsail 42, Hull #60: Steering Components Have Arrived
Search his blog for more commentary and rationale as to why he chose Jefa. I know a Scandinavian sailor who did the same. Both gentlemen strike me as careful, skilled and logical sailors well able to evaluate quality manufacturing.
I really like the Jefa PETP solution and i am an experienced enough engineer
to appreciate the quality of the Jefa product.
I just KNOW how bad the fouling is down here and i am even thinking of replacing my paddle wheel
speed transducer with an ultrasonic one as pulling the PWT to clean it can be a RPITA doubly so when i forget and we are off the mooring/anchor when i notice we have no speed/log input.
So i am very wary of putting another under water
rotating component onto Highland Fling doubly so when it is to do with the steering and not easily maintained. Then there is the cost this is not a cheap
and cheerful solution. The Beneteau solution is two plain SS Bearing surfaces glued onto a composite (GRP/FRP) rudder post. The Split Bottom bearing surface in the hull
came loose and the top bearing surface/SS sleeve came loose on the rudder post. Also the top bearing is about 3 mm bigger than the diameter of the SS sleeve and the knock is taken out by the rubber? lip seal. To call it an inelegant solution is being nice. But then if the top bearing was a nice running fit the alignment would need to be spot on and IF the stock bent under load the bearings would sieze up. I suspect i will leave the bottom bearing alone and fit a PETP self aligning upper bearing and a new Jefa SS sleeve That should remove the knock and make things a bit nicer it wont give me a super light ultra sensitive feel to the helm
though but that was not really why i started this work.