Pedrick F35 rudder bearings....

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Pedrick F35 rudder bearings....

Post by FreeB »

Anyone have any photos or assembly drawings of the rudder-post-bearings setup for a Freedom 35, mid 90's vintage? Appreciate any help you can provide.

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Re: Pedrick F35 rudder bearings....

Post by bobr »

I'm not sure if it is in the owner's manual, and mine is on the boat, asleep for the winter.

If you do not have access to the manual I'd be happy to check it, but it may be a while.....let me know.
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Post by BillSmith »

Attempting to attach schematic from manual.
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Re: Pedrick F35 rudder bearings....

Post by Salacia »

Sorry to be late on replying to your email. Holidays and finding the pictures slowed down the process.
Tides Marine makes the rudder bearing. Give them your year and model and they will guide you to the proper size.
A couple of years ago, I towed a lobster bouy overnight caught on the rudder post while sailing to Maine. (I was doing 5+ in 12k of wind. I was happy.) I ended up having to replace the bearing. Tides was out of the model. I was at a good yard that had a machine shop. (Name of the yard is withheld for reasons you will see.) They made a replacement bearing to Tides specs.
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Rudder reinstalled. Once in the water, I found the rudder was hitting the bottom of the boat when I turned. A collar was crafted that could be installed without pulling the rudder again.
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(I did have to pay for a second lift even though their work allowed the rudder to hit.) I've seen similar collars on other Freedoms.
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Best of luck.
Stephen Lee
F35 Pedrick
Marblehead MA and Rockland ME

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