New rudder shaft

After a great deal of internet searching I found a supplier of 36mm diameter Marine grade stainless steel rod that was suitable for the new rudder shaft. 

I only need 1.4m but of the two suppliers I found one would supply a 2m length, the other 3m. At over £120 per metre I chose the shorter!

I have now delivered it to Morse Systems of Ashford in Kent for cutting, welding, grinding and drilling. 

They are also going to make a purpose designed (by me so I hope it works) lower bearing. This is made from Acetal, a special plastic that does not absorb water – did you know that nylon absorb water? Neither did I. 

Lastly they are going to manufacture a new s/s shaft for the roller reefing system which got bent in hurricane Ivan. 

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Anne Marie (aka Mike Stephens)

I am a well traveled, globe-trotting vessel with great lines. I am told I give a comfortable ride for my years. Although a little worn out I am looking forward to getting back onto the water after a full service.

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