Will retire soon and want to get a boat and do some extended cruising. I've been away from the sea for too long, but grew up in Charleston spending summers on the water, crewed on a shrimp trawler, ship's navigation officer in the US Navy, recreational sailing in the Bahamas, New England, Long Island Sound, etc.
What a good idea, Peter .... there is no point in waiting around for life .... you must chase it! That's my philosophy anyway! No plans to cross the Atlantic for a while ... have been travelling quite a bit and now need to do a few upgrades on house and boat ... will head to Galway for the last stage of the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race if weather permits in July ... likewise a trip to Dingle
"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