We are back in Malta and preparing Bella Luna for the Monday launch.
Today I greased the rudder skeg bearing. This I do every time the boat is out of the water.
The first bearing did not have any grease nipples and did only last 4 years. The “new” bearing has been greased every year and is still in new condition after 7 years.
Check if your Hallberg-Rassy has a plug for the grease nipple. If it has, make sure you press in grease until you see it coming up between the shaft and the bronze bearing.
There are 3 different versions of rudder bearing depending on year and model.
1. No plug at all. (Early boats)
2. One plug.
3. Two plugs (One on each side)
If you have an early boat you might not have a plug. If this is the case, I recommend drilling a hole for a grease nipple in the bronze bearing. Grease will no doubt extend the life of the rudder skeg bearing.