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Frozen Gooseneck bearing

So I searched the forums to an old problem Ive been too chicken to mess with. on the goose neck of my boom I have a bearing that allows the boom to rotate clockwise and counterclockwise. That bearing has been stuck now for awhile with the boom rotated 90 degrees out from TDC.

Tomorrow I plan to yank the sail and boom off and bring the goose neck home so I can attempt to unfreeze said bearing.

Before anyone gets too pissed with me I do want to state that its something I discovered post purchase and something even my surveyor neglected to notice.

Any protips out there for fixing the issue without breaking the hard to find difficult to replace part?
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Re: Frozen Gooseneck bearing

Is it originally a rotating boom for roller reefing? or just a conventional gooseneck? A releasing agent like PB Blaster or Krolls may be helpful (but may take some time). Can you post some pictures of the assembly?

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Re: Frozen Gooseneck bearing

To be honest I am not sure what its original intention was. My guess was always that it allowed the boom to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise to that the sail wouldn't be contorted along the foot.

I am headed down there in the next couple of hours to buy an tiller mounted auto helm and to yank the boom so before I take anything apart I will of course.

To describe it for the meantime would be to say that it is part of the boom assembly between the goose neck and the boom itself. it runs in line with the boom and its casing is chrome in appearance

Because I have not fiddled with it at all in the over one season I have owned the boat I could not even tell you if it is a sealed unit or or if it is something you can take apart and grease the way you do the winch drums.
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Re: Frozen Gooseneck bearing

It's a bit unusual for a 'normal' gooseneck to be free to rotate through 90 degrees... so it's possible it's an old roller reefing. In that case, though, there will be a socket of some sort that the original 'handle' could be inserted into to crank/rotate the boom. It could be that that system is actually still serviceable and it's been left in that position. If you find an otherwise-unexplainable handle in a locker (often with a hex or square shaft) give it a try.

Here's one example.. you can see the 'drive' socket at the bottom of the fitting here:



and the original mainsheet connection would have looked like this:


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yup thats it I am pretty sure. I think. its been a few months since Ive had the sails up
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Whats used in the socket to rotate it?
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Re: Frozen Gooseneck bearing

It probably still works, but you don't have the crank. Its chrome, looks like an S, but opened up at the ends to crank. The end is squared off to probably 3/8". ****Same size as a ratchet drive. ***
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Whats used in the socket to rotate it?
That would be the "mystery" handle I referred to earlier.... Which may well be missing.. Or not..

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Re: Frozen Gooseneck bearing

I have just started to use mine on a Paceship 29, 1973. It may take some getting used to, to roll it up and down for each trip. Mine is origional and has two pulleys with lines, on the end of the boom, without a traveller. I see from the end of your boom, a pulley is used to raise and lower the mainsail from the cockpit. Probably the other pulley goes to a traveller. If you find another gooseneck the same, I could use a spare.
A furling boom also allows you to not use all of the mainsail when windy.
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Re: Frozen Gooseneck bearing

I do still have the winch drum ratchet, chrome with a black handle. Ill give it a try when I get down there and will report my findings tonight.
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