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Old 08-17-2019, 09:19 AM   #1
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Where to Find Bushing for Rudder on MS Pilot

This is related to my previous post on excessive vibration. On my single engine Pilot, the bushing or cutlass bearing on the shoe where the bottom rudder pin attaches is worn and elongated. Any idea where to obtain this part? Is this a standard part or is it specific to Mainships? Thanks for your time and expertise!!

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Old 08-17-2019, 09:31 AM   #2
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Buck Algonquin (now Hydrosearchrecreational) makes many bronze boat parts. Here is a link to their skeg bearings: https://catalog.hydrasearchrecreatio.../skeg-bearings.

If it isn't a BA part and you can't find the original supplier, it may have just been a locally machined bushing and any machine shop can make you one.


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Old 08-17-2019, 11:41 AM   #3
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My rudder used to have oilite bronze bushings that were standard off the shelf items. However, they didn't wear well and required frequent replacement. So I simply machined a Derlin (Acetal) replacement. The amount of Derlin stock I had to buy was enough to make ten bushings, so I made 5 and now have four on board as spares. The first one is going strong after 14 years.
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