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21/08/2017 23:31:00

Steve Marshall
Posts: 8
My rudder gudgeon (lower rudder fitting) has worn to a large oval and needs replacing.  I see that as well as the standard gudgeon as fitted, Seasure also supply one with a carbon bush like the one fitted to the boat (upper rudder fixing). Would that wear less rapidly than the standard gudgeon? Has anyone had experience of replacing the standard gudgeon on the rudder with one with a carbon bush? And would it still be class legal?
 
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22/08/2017 09:32:00

Jerry Wales
Posts: 12
Steve, its fine to change the "rudder hangings" as the rules calls them.   I have fitted the 10mm versions for a good few years and I have not felt the need to replace due to wear.  I am pretty sure you can replace the insert so even if it does wear its an easy and cheap fix.



22/08/2017 11:37:00

Steve Marshall
Posts: 8
Hi Jerry, thanks for your response. Did you go for the 10mm versions because the 8mm ones keep failing? I have found that the pintel on the boat lasts about 2 years before it fractures at the hole where it's pinned to the fitting (within the aluminium part). And do you use the version with the carbon bush? 



22/08/2017 14:10:00

Jerry Wales
Posts: 12
Yes Steve, I broke a couple of the of the 8mm versions, as you mention where its pinned.  Yes I use the bushed versions.   
 
In case it helps.   I only replaced the lower fittings.  The hole placement on the upper rudder fitting are unique to the RS supplied rudder fitting and stock but the lower ones are interchangeable.  
Should you wish to change both the rudder fittings it is not a big job to drift the holes on the 10mm upper fitting and perhaps use a three hole fitting and drill the stock fort the third hole.   I have made that mod to a spare stock but have not got around to using it (its a spare). 
 



22/08/2017 16:29:00

Steve Marshall
Posts: 8
Thanks Jerry. Do you know if the 8mm bush can be replaced with a 10mm on the same gudgeon? And does the 10mm pintel - boat side - have differently placed screw holes?  That would solve the loose screws issues. I am on 6mm screws with rawl plugs at the moment! 



22/08/2017 20:23:00

Jerry Wales
Posts: 12
Steve, I don't know if you can swap the bushes, but it does not feel likely, but don't know.   you can swap the transom fittings, the hole locations are the same.