Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: The house is in Kingsport, TN. Boats are on Watauga Lake and in New Bern, NC
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Re: Rudder Shaft Seal
There is nothing in mine although I could imagine a glass filled Teflon disk or washer set in the cup of the lower gudgeon for the rudder shaft to rest on although stainless steel on bronze is a pretty good bearing pair itself in such a low speed application.
With my rudder shaft, the tube, and the gudgeon all wiped clean and reassembled, the major drag on the rudder turning comes from a slight misalignment of the tube with the gudgeon which causes a little binding in the tube. That goes away when I pump a bit of grease into the side of the tube through the grease fitting under the cockpit seat. My boat was built as a tiller boat and it is easy to feel the drag. (I don't have packing on the rudder shaft as the tube comes up to the cockpit seat.)
1988 PSC 34
Last edited by wsmurdoch; 12-16-2016 at 08:36 AM.