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Old 08-08-2011, 04:14   #1
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Arrow Rudder Bushings & Bearings & Bolts

Magus is a 41' Island Trader built in Taiwan in 1978. The rudder has become stiff to starboard, and this is with everything disconnected from the quadrant. The rudder rests on a shoe connected to the bottom of the full keel, plus there is a hinge set halfway up, one to the rudder and the other to the hull.

Diving down I found some red rubbery stuff between the hinges, but it looked deformed. I cut as much as I could away and it helped a little.

Does anyone know this system? Was there a bearing at the bottom in the shoe? Were there bushings in the hinges? Is there a bearing in the rudder post? What was the red rubbery stuff?

What holds the hinge and shoe to the hull? They look like bronze rivets??
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, CWilder677.
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