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Johnobies

Rudder box

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Johnobies

I have a 1991 Malibu Skier and the rudder bushing broke. There is a brass plate that bolts to the bottom with a bushing that goes up thru the hull that the packing nut is threaded onto. The bushing is what the prop shaft slides thru and is what broke off. Can you buy the thru hull bushing assembly separate? Or am I stuck buying the whole rudder assembly??

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Cory

My friend, I fear you may be SOL. At least on the newer boats, I believe Malibu only sells the whole assembly: rudder, rudder box, and tiller arm.

If your rudder says "Marine Hardware" on it given them a call directly: http://www.marinehardware.com/

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oldjeep

Check skidim.com you'll need some measurements of what you are looking for.

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justgary

When you said the prop shaft slides through it, did you mean the rudder shaft? If not, I'm struggling with figuring out what part you need.

Can you weld the bushing back together?

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Cory

I think he is talking about the rudder box. Do you want the item on the left in this picture?

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justgary

The grinder? No, he can't mean that. It must be the tissues. :biggrin:

The rudder box is pretty simple. A machinist could whip one up pretty easily, or maybe weld his back together.

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Johnobies

I think he is talking about the rudder box. Do you want the item on the left in this picture?

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Johnobies

Yes the rudder box. Sorry not the prop shaft the rudder stem.

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Johnobies

When you said the prop shaft slides through it, did you mean the rudder shaft? If not, I'm struggling with figuring out what part you need.

Can you weld the bushing back together?

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JasonK

See my boathouse photos for a pic of a cracked one. Mine cracked after we started surfing long ago. I bought a new housing from Marine Hardware and had it machined to match my old one. It was just slightly different.

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Johnobies

Yes I meant rudder not prop. Already welded it twice once in 2000 and again this year. Had a pro weld it this time and it didn't last at all. Was hoping to replace.

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justgary

Yes I meant rudder not prop. Already welded it twice once in 2000 and again this year. Had a pro weld it this time and it didn't last at all. Was hoping to replace.

Gotcha. It's pretty much just a plate and cylinder, so making one should be fairly easy if you can't locate one.

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