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Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:24pm

Post Subject: Rudder stock bearing

Hi Tony, what is the best way to part the swan neck from the rudder shaft so that I can replace the stock bearing? Len Palfrey, nb Hobbyhorse


Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:53pm

Post Subject: Rudder stock bearing

That depends upon the boat. For instance Liverpool boats fit a slotted rudder stock so you take the blade out and then lift the swan neck & stock out in one piece. Some have a reduced parallel shaft on the top of the stock and in that case I would suggest a puller may be the easiest way. Many boat use a taper, with or without a key and keyway. In that case a puller may help but hold the mooring hammer against one side of the boss and give the other side several hard/sharp blows with a decent hammer. If the boss is stick tight you may need to expand the boss by using heat. Either a welding torch or a couple of decent blow lamps. Tony Brooks

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