30 November 2018 at 13:20 #1756
I am often asked what size bearings are required for the 65 & 95 RC yachts so as I am replacing mine I thought it prudent to post the info here
DragonForce 65 – Boom Vang bearings (2 off)
ID = 5mm
OD = 8mm
Width = 2.5mm
DragonFlite 95 -Boom Vang Bearings (2 off)
ID = 6mm
OD = 10mm
Width = 3mm
You can use Stainless Steel – (around $6.00 each) – Stainless case & bearings but the carbon steel seal will still rust eventually,
or you can use Ceramic – (around $15.00 each)
Ceramic are Stainless case with Ceramic balls & a neoprene & Stainless seal. these should never rust but they are dearer.
Either is available on line from Plaig Bearings Web Address PLAIG.COM.AU or use the direct links above.
12 December 2018 at 13:57 #2161
Thanks Mike for moving this “how to” from the old site. Pink Bits is in need of new bearings – the version 6 bearings don’t like salt water any more than the V5
ones. Gotta remember that the Canal is salty!! Are the lubricants effective in protecting the bearings?
I gave the bearings a spray of Innox before the sailing yesterday so that the boom would swing in the anticipated light winds.
Ordered some bearings for my 95 as well.
13 December 2018 at 13:38 #2190
Pete, I generally fill the void in the boom vang (between the bearings) with marine grease to keep the water out as once it gets inside there it tends to stay and corrode the bearings from the inside. As for the outside, a good rinse in fresh water after EVERY sail in salt water and a drop of very light (sewing machine) oil to top and bottom bearing should keep the corrosion away.
13 December 2018 at 14:15 #2191
14 December 2018 at 12:38 #2239
The bearings arrived today. Two days from ordering to delivery – not bad in mid December!!
14 December 2018 at 12:47 #2240
Good stuff Pete, I have always found Plaig Bearings staff to be most helpful & a pleasure to deal with. Every time I have ordered their delivery service has been second to none but to still get that prompt delivery this close to Christmas is excellent.
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