Rudder bearing replacing the upper bearing on a 30’ Vega hull

Les Higgins <almonhiggins@...>

Can you service the upper bearing without hauling the boat out of the water? It appears access is available by removing the cockpit seat surround and a fiberglass structure over the gimble, then there is a plate bolted to the rear deck. The rudder is enclosed with a full fiberglass tube from the cockpit deck thru the hull and the plate is above the water line. Is this possible?
The symptoms seems to be a knock underway, at the upper part of the shaft, by placing a hand on the top of the gimble is is felt and heard intermittently.
Molly Dog
1973 Searcher
Stockton, Ca.
Photo, 9-13, San Joaquin River, Tiki Lagoon Resort..Smokey dayz!

Les H.

1973 Searcher, Molly Dog, Stockton,Ca

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