My boat has a "barndoor" rudder
. The shaft below the quadrant has a section of hose with clamps covering what I believe is the "stuffing box" or bearing race
has begun to bind, which makes me think that there's a problem either with the bearings or the shaft.
Is there a way to remove & replace the hose covering without removing the quadrant?
I can't find any info on what to expect in the way of work issues if I remove that hose.
The bottom of the rudder shaft rests on a bronze "shoe", so dropping the rudder is a major job.