I hauled her yesterday and pulled the rudder: it' snot barnacales, unfortunately! The bottom of the rudder tube - where the bottom bushing goes into the hull - is chewed up somewhat. The top bushing is also quite worn and the top plate is cracked. Anyone know where to get new bushings and/or top plate? There used to be a post on Newport30.org about fabricating replacement bushings, but the forums are no longer there...
Also, is the bottom bushing supposed to rotate in the hull, or is the post suposed to rotate in the bushing?? My bushing is stuck tight on the rudder shaft, but it seems to me that the shaft should be rotating in the bushing (metal on nylon) rather than the bushing rotating in the hull (nlon on fiberglass!)