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Shaft 'bushing' worn out (Alden 44)
I've got a problem with the shaft 'bushing' (correct term?) in the middle section of my Alden 44 prop shaft.
To prevent the long shaft from swinging the shaft sits in a kind of greased shaft bushing made by Dogde. The upper half of this 30 year old thing is detachable and has got a grease cup on top of it. The inner bush of these two half shells are made of a soft metal (similar to lead). Unfortunately, the upper shell is worn out and the whole thing needs to be replaced. I really tried hard but I couldn't find such a (simple and nearly perfect) thing on the Internet (probably since English isn't my mother tongue and I don't even know the name for it).
Does anyone know what I am talking about? If yes, does anyone know where I can get hold of such a thing?
The shaft started to make a noise at the end of our summer crossing. I avoided higher RPM when the noise got unpleasant. Eventually, I had to stop using the prop. I removed the top half and cut two narrow channels it the soft material, put two matching pieces of flax packing in the grooves and by means of pressing grease into the hollow space between the shaft and the bushing it went as smoothly as new. Anyways, I think I’d rather have a new whatever-it-is-called-thing.