I was working on cleaning
my prop in the yard yesterday when I noticed a larger gap between the rudder
than I recalled. I was able to lift
straight up almost 1/2". Climbing into the locker I noted a shiny top 1/2" of the rudder shaft showing below the deck
and I could not see a thrust bearing between the clamp ring below the quadrant(actually full circle), and the top of the rudder tube. I think the thrust bearing which should occupy this space has finally worn away completely after only 37 years of use. Well I know the next job on the priority list. I assume a new thrust bearing could be fabricated in Delrin or better yet UHMW polyethelene. Has anyone reading this been through this maintenance
and able to offer advice or insight?
CPYC Winthrop, MA