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Lower Rudder 2 Part Bushing

Im doing a rudder repair on a 27' Watkins...there is a two part bushing that needs to be replaced...im having trouble finding the part...ive called a couple places in Annapolis with no luck...nothing so far online...any ideas on where else to look??? any help would be great...
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Any photos of the part???
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I have not used these people myself but I have read good things about them. A local machine shop may be cheaper though.
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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.
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I have quite a few round chunks of plastic, like delrin, nylatron, etc. which make good bearings. I also have a lathe, so if this isn't anything real complicated I probably make you one pretty quick. The one in my boat spun in the hull, I getting ready to epoxy it back in.

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