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Re: Rudder-post bushing?
On our 97 valiant, there are 3 "bearings". The top and bottom (gudgeon) are both a metal, bronze I believe, and take the majority of the load. In the middle of the shaft as it comes in the hull there is a glass housing that contains a third bearing and a packing gland on the top of the glass. From what Valiant tells me this center bearing is synthetic "soft" material that is not intended to be replaced. If it should fail, which they've never heard of happening, the glass would have to be cut out and completely rebuilt. They also said there is a synthetic washer between the rudder and that center bearing housing. This might be similar to what you had fall out.
Valiant still has the blue prints for all vessels they built. Since PSC is such a reputable company I suspect they would as well. So I second a call to them. Hope that helps.
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