I really enjoy boating, fishing and golf. My wife and I really enjoy chartering in the BVI's and are planning a trip to St. Martin in April. We've always been power boaters but we are really considering a sailboat.
Thanks for the nice words about my books. I wish I knew more writers who write about boats and the sea. I know of Sam Llewellyn, Paul Garrison, Linda Greenlaw, Justin Scott (Shipkiller).... I think that's about it. Maybe I'd include Randy Wayne White (the early ones) on that list.
I'm working on the new book. More sailing than ever.
Boy, I wish Circe were mine. She is a beautiful boat. No, she belongs to a fellow I met in the Abacos last summer. She is a Bristol. I don't remember the exact length - either a 40 or a 42. Her owner sails her singlehanded and I loved the story about him putting up his spinnaker alone while sailing out the Whale Cay Passage.
"Simo, see my reply to the original post. There are a lot of items in the steering system that can cause heavy steering. Ensure everything is properly adjusted and lubricated before you do any major work on the rudder bearings.
"I haven't see any recommendations on rudder bearing replacement. You may want to discuss the issue with your local Beneteau dealer service manger.
As for what you've identified I'll share my thoughts.
As I mentioned before we…"
"Hi Mike, thanks for the input!
Are there any rough guidelines for when the bearings need replacing? What is too much play? it seems a hard question to answer!
we've been sailing full time for the last 3 years and just recently I noticed slight…"
"I'm a bit surprised you need to replace the bearings on an 2008. I've not heard of any issues other than early model 43s required a brace be installed at the quadrant. Actually the issue was discovered by Franc who happens to own and run…"
Has anyone replaced the rudder bearings on a beneteau 40 2008/9? If someone has done this job could they please tell me what the part numbers are for both the bronze upper and lower bearing sleeves and also for the nylon thrust washers. The jefa? rudder shaft diameter is 60mm.I have !ooked on the beneteau spare parts website without success.Also I am trying to find the workshop notes for rep!acing the bearings as I know with the oceanis 411 the bottom bearing is glued (3M 5200) in but I don't…See More