Hi all, I have a thransom hung rudder
with three substantial bronze bearings. Rudders is solid teak
, traditional 'barn door'. When out of the water
it is rather stiff, back in the water
less so as the buoyancy of the wood takes a lot of weight off. It does fee up some with use but still seams to have some friction in the bearings and this takes a while. I am guessing the underwater bearings are intended to be water lubricated and it may be that water does get into the top one after a while and that's why it frees up.
I am wondering about fitting a grease point to the top bearing and pumping white grease in. No sign of there having originally been any means to grease it and I don't remember seeing one on similar boats. anyone got a a similar setup that has a grease point? Can anyone see potential problems? Anyone now why they don't seen to fit grease points?
PS lifting the rudder
up to grease the bearings directly is not practical