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Old 02-01-2014, 07:42   #1
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Location: Full-time cruiser
Boat: Gulfstar Hirsh 45, Anam Cara
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Rudder post

We are looking for information of rudder post repairs for our Gulfstar Hirsh. We have had the bronze bearing remade and fiberglassed in place. Two years ago, it started rocking again. This time a plastic lower bearing made for the rudder post and the fiberglass supports and fiberglass around the metal bearing was reinforced. At that time we were at St. Johns Boat Yard in Jacksonville, with the work done by Jim Hendrick of MCS Mobile Marine. We have written him about the repair not holding up, but have not had a reply to date. The wobble has returned and the fiberglass that was reinforcing the rudder is worn away. We had read about a sister boat called Sunpenny that "Custom made top rudder bearing that prevents the rudder from wobbling. 34"x36" steel plate with 6"brass bearing bolted to the I-beam under the bed". Is anyone familiar with this, we would love a picture! Any other suggestions?
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