Tartan 27' owner
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Without photos we can only speculate as SD suggests.
I replaced the lower bearing on our rudder some 5 years ago with a bronze flanged bearing I found at a Sears hardware store. I had to grind it down a bit to get it to fit into the lower gudgeon but it has held up well to date.
It is kind of amazing what you can do with a grinding wheel, a pair of goggles and a piece of work in action.
Before I bought a boat I thought I could buy everything I needed or wanted off of the internet. Now I don't think quite the same way. You may have to fabricate stuff you never thought you could before. I felt like the Greek god Hiaphaestos as I was grinding that sucker down to size. I still have all my fingers and still don't limp though.
Best of luck.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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