OK. RN Rob gets a gold star cause his Mahe 36
rudder bearings look like a common problem. Using Mahe 36 to search, I found a lot about the bearings. On 19-04-2011 a poster named Cotemar put up a drawing of the whole rudder bearing and shaft...an engineering drawing of JP3 type 1 bearings. He has a Mahe 36. I guess he got it repaired in Newport
RI . So you can replace the same bearings or chuck the JP bearings and have a boatbuilder
get rid of the aluminum tubes. I’d definitely go to any simpler system. The JP bearings might give you nice rudder feedback because of the rollers but there seems to be case after case of freezing issues and even their web pages tells the owners to pull the bearings after 5 years. That seems ridiculous. And then there is the documented case of a rudder shaft snapping. Yikes. In any rudder bearing repair, I’d have a good look at the shafts. Any decent builder
or yard ought to be able to chuck this whole system and epoxy
in glass tubes and good bearings.
Clunking rudders at anchor
at night? Frozen rudders from sitting? Pour hot vinegar as a solution. Those FP guys ought to ease back on the vino at lunch and just drink beer
or a gin and tonic when you watch the sunset. All the manatees just gave a big paddle slap on that idea.
I have Mamba all gear steering
, my rudder shaft is 3” solid aluminum with bottom bearing support. It will give any orca a beating. I hope the catamaran
owners will fix their rudders so they won’t drop out and hit some manatee on the head
. If you like this post, please buy any friedly manatee some romaine lettuce and support save the manatee.org Manatees build boats. Orcas eat them.
Captain Mark and his beer
drinking, pizza eating manatee friends