Dufour Owners Association (new forum post): DUFOUR 385 – RUDDER BEARINGS
New post from NHunt
DUFOUR 385 – RUDDER BEARINGS
We have a Dufour 385 that is coming up to 10 years old. Whilst on passage to France this summer the there was a constant squeaking noise coming from the vicinity of the top rudder bearing. I squirted WD-40 into the top bearing and the squeaking went away not to reoccur again. However I feel that this was only a temporary solution and want to do something more permanent during winter haul-out.
I would the most grateful to hear from anybody who has dropped their rudder (or had the work done) to either:
- clean the rudder stock & bearings or
- replace the rudder bearings.
Rightly or wrongly l have done neither during the last 10 years. Tips and advice would be much appreciated.
I've done a bit of research and it appears that's a company called JP3 may have supplied the original bearings and that the type of bearings may be their “Type 1 Ertalyte bearing 59 millimetres diameter. I believe these may still be available via a link on the JP3 website which links to another company International Boat Spares. This site indicates that the top and bottom bearings for a 385 being “Palier Ertalyte 59 Dia D385”. Can anyone confirm any of this please? Also, if you have dropped the rudder, what other “o” rings/seals, washers etc. are required if the existing ones are no longer usable?
Many thanks in anticipation.