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W42 Rudder Post And Gudgeon

Rob and Janet Sutton

Bud, a couple questions if you dont mind <g>

- Did the 42's have a bearing sleeve in the gudgeon where the lower end of the rudder fit? (According to drawings, it looks like there was not.)

- In your opinion, would a bearing sleeve be recommended?

- It appears the rudder post/frames were fabricated from 2 3/8" OD stainless tube. Do you recall the ID?

We are getting ready to fashion both the gudgeon and rudder post/frame, both out of stainless. If a bearing sleeve is recommended, we would have to account for the extra diameter in the gudgeon.

Bud Taplin

Westsail used two nylon or teflon washers between the bottom end of the rudder and the bronze gudgeon. I have a drawing of the rudder backbone assembly for the W42/43. It does not specify the size of the pipe, but it should be 2" ID x 2-3/8" OD pipe.
If you are making the gudgeon from stainless, then a sleeve bearing might be a good idea. Make it from teflon or fiberglass, instead of metal. Be sure to put a zinc on the gudgeon, and replace it regularly.

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