The pictures below illustrate a project
I did on my boat
while it was out of the water
for an insurance survey
. The project
involved replacing the 32 year-old rudder bearing on my Morgan
41 O.I. I had to grind out the old rudder-post bearing, using a dremmel. I replaced the bearing with an off-the-shelf Buck Algonquin rudder post bearing shown below. The Buck Algonquin was too long so I had a local machine shop cut the post down on a lathe and re-thread (tap?) new thread so that the new bearing was the same height as the old bearing. The glass work
utilized a mat/woven roven layers (6 pairs in all totaling in 13 layers)The surveyor
whetted out in epoxy
. I tapered the whole before glassing using a rotary drum sanding
bit chocked up in my drill.
approved of my process (he was the one who suggested I grind out and replace the bearing after I asked how I could get rid of an annoying drip that the packing box wouldn't stop) and was impressed at how much stronger the new bearing is compared to the old. Plus, the new bearing doesn't leak a drop when under power and the hydraulic ram is pushing athwart the post. You got to love a good surveyor.