Wauquiez 48S with JP3 Rudder Bearings
I need to drop my rudder
so I can open it up and investigate why it turns slightly on the shaft.
It looks like the top bearing holds the rudder
in. It has two threaded stainless collars on it but the bigger one threads into an aluminium casting - OH DEAR two dissimilar metals plus salt
= STUCK. How can I free it up - the access via the stern lazarettes ia appalling.
The bottom bearing also seems to have an aluminium casting and the aluminium is visible from under the boat. It appears to be quite badly pitted (again I suspect aluminium and stainless parts
are together) Is this serious? Will I have to dig it out of the glassfibre and epoxy
a new one in place?
The bearings themselves are fine maybe I should try to re-do the rudder
All contributions gratefully received.