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Anyone got any advise on how to pull these buggers out. Havent done it before and not in the "it should be a piece of cake" frame of mind. If some one knows who owned Nijinsky before Nic, what did they do? because they dont look original

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What does it look like/can you post a photo? Can't say I have any good advice but I'm interested in hearing what comes out. Mine has something that looks like a chunk of nylon at each end of a bronze (?) tube. The top end in particular is susceptible to being reamed out by the sand that inevitably ends up on the cockpit floor then washes in there.

 

Mike Pearce Boatbuilders have done a lot of work on the 88 fleet as well as being the builder of the new boat - they could be worth a try.

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If 88's are any thing like mine, it is easy

 

take the boat out of the water and put a wedge under the rudder so it doesn't drop on the ground, on my boat I needed to lift the rudder 1 mm so i could remove the "locking washer"

 

after the "locking washers" are removed the rudder drops out the bottom of the boat

 

it was that easy

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If they're a standard bearing sleeve then the usual method, if they can't be knocked out with a long drift and a hammer, is to use a hacksaw blade and cut through the bearing in 2 place 180 deg apart than lever out with a screwdriver.

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when i got mine done years ago, the boat builder (who used to work for roger land and had replaced a few 88s bearing) removed the old teflon bearing with just a drill, hacksaw, chisel and hammer, glued in a new bearing and was good as, did not take him long to do the job either.

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removed the old teflon bearing with just a drill, hacksaw, chisel and hammer, glued in a new bearing and was good as,

 

The picture I have in my head is not that great when you list tools like that. But don't matter what the boat is, those teflon ones were put in to stay in and that they do, You can use all of the above to pry the old ones out, so long as you take your time and do not rush it you should not do any further damage.

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hi,

 

thanks for ther help, got them out and new ones ready to install. the sabre saw was best the the hammer and chisel. you just have to be brave! the top one was the bronze type. just got to it in time before it would stat cutting up the shaft.

 

nice work from boatspray and halfmoon bay boat builders.

 

now the weigh in and first scratch on the nice new paint job.

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