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Lubrication required for hunter 216 rudder assembly ball bearings?

Nov 4, 2019
1
Hunter 216 NA Deer creek reservoir, UT, US
Hi

I have a hunter 216, been sailed twice in 15 years. I inherited from my Dad. It’s been dry docked on trailer for this whole time.

Should I lubricate the rudder ball bearings? If so, with what and where can I purchase?

THANKS

DAVE B
 
Sep 22, 2018
741
Hunter 216 Kingston
Hi

I have a hunter 216, been sailed twice in 15 years. I inherited from my Dad. It’s been dry docked on trailer for this whole time.

Should I lubricate the rudder ball bearings? If so, with what and where can I purchase?

THANKS

DAVE B
Welcome to the forum.

There are some old links on this forum with a mixture of opinions on this.
Some of the earlier cassettes had some issues that I think over time Hunter corrected. I believe the “bearings” are just little balls made from Delrin so in theory no lube required but obviously 15 years of sitting isn’t “normal”. If I was doing it I would use a little Sailkote.

Does the rudder handle move or is it just stuck?

The cassette on mine has a bit of friction that I like. Assuming I have sail trim right I can let go of the tiller for brief periods and the boat tracks straight.

If you think you need to pull it out to inspect here are instructions that came from Hunter.

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