Dufour Owners Association (new forum post): Look After Your Lewmar Wheel
New post from Bob Garrett
Look After Your Lewmar Wheel
If you have a Lewmar steering wheel you might like to learn from my experience!
For a while my wheel had been a little “wobbley” with the rim moving slightly as some spokes moved within the hub. I was not overly worried and from time to time tightened the bolts through the hub to hold the spokes a little tighter. I never opened up the hub to look inside. Had I done so I would have realised that the spokes are actually welded in place and some of the welds had broken. The crisis came when one of the spokes sheared where it entered the hub while underway. Luckily I still had the other four spokes!
Back in port I took the wheel to a steel fabricator for repair. He said these welds breaking was a common fault and the best solution is to reweld them when this happens. I had not done this so the spokes were moving and wearing. One spoke had been worn through and another was going that way.
He made a good and neat repair by repairing the broken welds inside the hub and then bolting the hub back together and welding each spoke to the hub. This cost more than it would have done had I take it for repair earlier.