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post #8 of Old 06-06-2014
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Re: G26 Rudder Replacement

I have just pulled the rudder at the first haul-out of my 1972 Grampian 26 - it appears the rudder shaft has taken a real beating over the years. The lower bushing contact area is concentrically worn 1 mm or so and the top, just below the retention pin bore, is deeply grooved from wear with a loss of about 15% of the shaft cross section. Current plans are to bolster the worn surfaces with dense epoxy and get through the summer. I have traced and measured the rudder assembly should I ever need to fashion a replacement sans rudder number one, but if anyone has additional thoughts on this situation, I would appreciate your perspectives. Thanks in advance, Tom
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