Oceanis 413 carbon fiber rudder stock"clunk"..
I buyed my Oceanis 413 from the Moorings Charter Co. in Tortola, BVI. When the surveyor check the boat he recommend fixing the rudder stock bearings.. This particular model has the carbon fiber stock. Now, two years and several months latter I’m listening to some sound, particularly when we are with a following sea, similar to the one I felt when surveying the boat.
I took the cockpit floor panel to check the quadrant while sailing and noticed that the quadrant is connected to the stock with a throughout a bolt (about 3/8 of an inch) and at the same time the quadrant hole is square that fit into the square topside of the rudder stock. Anyway, that connection of the quadrant with the stock has a movement that correspond with the sound. Now, does anyone can tell me that if I change the quadrant to eliminate the"play” will be the culprit. or the movement is an indication of something worst in the bearing of the rudder stock? Please any comment or recommendation will be super appreciated.