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bronze rudder gudgeon help

so i cant seem to find a replacement to one of my rudder gudgeons (pintle not gudgeons), its off my 24' allegra. its 3-1/4" in between the legs, about 8" long overall and 1" thick with a 3/4" pin. and its solid bronze... anyone have any ideas on where to get a replacement?


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I think it will have to be custom made, either welded stainless or cast bronze. It was probably a custom piece to start with.
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Google "bronze gudgeons and pintles".
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ive been googling all day long and cant find a replacement, i found one company that has one but its 1-1/2" bigger between the straps than i need. i noticed that albergs use what looks to be the same thing, what do their owners use when its time to replace them? custom castings??

edit: by the way, the pin come out of it, its just stuck right now...
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You can go to a metal shop and have them make one in stainless or a foundry can cast one in bronze. I'd guess the stainless would be less expensive as a pattern and mold is required for the bronze one.
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jester -

Sorry, didn't realize you'd already been searching the net.
Did you try "The Mother Of All Maritime Links.com"?

The aggravating part about searches for stuff like this is knowing that someone out there has a perfectly good one sitting in a box unused if you could just find them.
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Bronze is probably the better material to get it made of, since the pintle is probably bronze, and with stainless, you'd have galvanic corrosion issues.
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yeah, the pintle (or gudgeon whichever it is) is also bronze so i would have some problems going stainless... however yesterday i took it to a friend of mine that welds and he said if its silicone bronze he can weld material back onto it and build it up. if its leaded bronze then im back to square one. so i just have to wait for the call to see if it worked.
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Contact Bristol Bronze . They may be able to make a mold from your fitting and use it to cast a wax mold that can be corrected to meet your needs and a new bronz casting made.

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thanks for the help everyone. thankfully it was made of silicone bronze (not leaded bronze) and they were able to weld new material to it to build it back up.
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