Thought the engineering on the steering
system looked bulletproof on our 2007 L420 but managed to break it in pretty heavy conditions! The autopilot
actually broke it, not me! Lost
connection and autopilot
function when it happened, and discovered steering
is difficult. Managed to get to our intended anchorage safely.
The bearing post on the rudder
lever has sheared, on the port side where autopilot ram and position sensor is connected. Photo
is of the other unbroken post that is fortunately the same, so I could swap them over. With a bit of spectra rope
tying the lever to the end of the link beam we are underway, steering a bit sloppy but good enough to continue cruising to port for repairs
My question is if this is a standard bearing fixture or something Lagoon
had made? Can I buy it off the shelf, or will I have to have a new one made? A reasonable internet
search has not found an answer. If its a custom part it will be reasonably easily reproduced by a competent fitter, and I can get a spare at the same time. Wont bother asking Lagoon
because their prices will probably drain my super fund!
Appreciate any advice I can get. Has anybody else mananged to break one of these?