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1970 Col 26 MKII new owner

Hi all, this month I purchased a '70 model MKII with a motor well in cockpit. I live in Ludington, MI and will be sailing Lake Michigan.

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Re: Columbia 26 MKII and K DIY

This thread is much too old for people too keep up with helpful info, but I will leave a request anyway hoping to get a response. I own a 1969 Columbia 26 MKII and enjoy the boat very much. I have a complication with the rudder having to much slop. I look at the "Blair's Website" and they show a blue print of the rudder stating that it has a bearing in it. The blue print doesn't show the bearing and what type that it is or what year of boat it may be used in. So I don't think the 26 MKII have this bearing. I think the bigger Columbia (36-50 ft'rs). I don't think that it is the rudder shaft that is the problem, but the rudder shaft housing needs to be reinforce. A couple of out of the water process that I have read, which consist of 1) Using epoxy and a Graphite Grease, keep moving the rudder shaft until the epoxy sets without freezing the shaft. 2) Malar insert, Does anyone know or have any information regarding these process. I would prefer the second process.

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