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

Pease, Dan

Absolutely. What fun would it be if we couldn't improve things.
BTW, this rudder bearing has a lot of miles on it. 
Down East circle and Maine to Bahamas and back.

On Fri, Sep 18, 2020, 15:29 Les Higgins via <> wrote:
I agree some of the simple necessary design elements you would expect to see are a continued mystery. But that’s what makes old boat partnering such a unique challenge. Thanks again for the info..

On Sep 18, 2020, at 09:31, Pease, Dan <capt.revere@...> wrote:

Auxiliary steering tiller, foot operated.

Also showing other access hole for reaching fixed end of steering ram.

Unconscienceable  to have built this with no immediate access available.

On Mon, Sep 14, 2020, 20:27 Les Higgins via <> wrote:
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


Les H.

1973 Searcher, Molly Dog, Stockton,Ca 

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