I have used Vesconite for both the top and bottom bushes for my Hanse 301. I spoke to some very knowledgeable people in South Africa and, unfortunately, the size of tube I required was not held in UK, so it was sent, and with it instructions on how to machine the material. I followed those and machined my own bushes in the farm workshop, then went to the boat and offered them in… perfect fit, both into the hull and in the cockpit… was a perfect fit for the rudder tube. It was a great material to work with.
"I battled for two years with stiff rudder movement. I then tried Vesconite. Vesconite is a self-lubricating polymer that never swells and can be machined to size and couriered to anywhere in the world. I had it machined to 0.25mm smaller than the original size by Vesconite Bearings on the inside and outside diameter. The rudder can now be steered with two fingers, what a difference! The cost of two bearings and two bottom washers is less than the price from Bavaria. I received really good service."
"We’ve found another material to replace our bronze bushings, the material is called Vesconite," says Ross Reels CEO Craig Baker of the company’s redesigned Colorado Fishing Reel. "It is an engineered polymer designed specifically for underwater load-bearing and bushing applications. It is used in high-speed trains, oil rigs, water pumps, deep-sea drills, and that kind of thing. We have been testing it for like a year or so in all of our products and putting it in the sand and jamming it together and running. The new Colorado is the first in the Ross lineup to use the Vesconite as the bushing material. We believe it is something that’s just going to last longer and perform better."
"We don't do much sourcing from outside the USA but your product is so fantastic we can't resist," Ross Reels and Abel Reels Accountant Ken Watson enthuses.
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"On the annual maintenance inspection of a 1984 model, Jeanneau Arcadia sailing yacht named Ghaaata, significant play was detected in the rudder, due to wear in the internal structure of its housing. The yacht, which is used for coastal sailing on the Oslo Fjord in Norway was hauled into dry dock to have the rudder and housing stripped out for a replacement. Through extensive research, Vesconite Hilube was selected as the bushing material of choice for the main rudder bushings, this due to its excellent reputation for self-lubrication and ability to maintain shape, under load, while submerged in salt water. “I contacted Vesconite, asking where I could have the bushing manufactured here in Norway. It turned out that Vesconite provides a full machining service from their factory in South Africa, with quick global distribution. The entire process worked fantastically well. Vesconite provided answers almost immediately, were always available and personally informed me of the the progress and tracked the shipment, right up until it arrived in Norway. I have no hesitation to endorse Vesconite.”
"After regularly replacing white metal stuffing box bearings on my 1962, 4,5 ton Bermuda-rigged sloop, Calloo of Wivenhoe, I sought an alternative. In 2007 I began researching more suitable options and found Vesconite. The replacement part was machined from this ultra-low friction material and fitted to the sloop during the same year. 12 years later, on a routine inspection the material shows minimal deterioration, despite its exposure to salt water and grit. As a bearing material, Vesconite doesn’t seem to wear at all! I continue to sail solo on the Moray Firth in Scotland and take part in an annual cruise on the west coast of Norway. The Vesconite bearing has saved me considerable costs and time in servicing and maintenance."
"When we started making 18 to 30 foot ornamental and aeration windmills, we used a bearing in the center hub. Because they're so far off the ground this bearings never or rarely got greased and would eventually fail. From there we used a nylon bushing with a brass insert, but the stainless steel shaft would quite literally eat those things for lunch! Needless to say they squeaked and carried on, which made us research further and try to find something that would last but not require any grease. The Vesconite bushing has been the answer to our prayer. This material is awesome. It does not require any lubrication, in fact, it is self lubricating. We haven't replaced one Vesconite Bushing since we started using them 6 years ago."
"We have been running trials with Vesconite Hilube sleeve bushings on 3D printers, to create more robust, reliable and smoother-operating machines. The current Vesconite Hilube bushings fitted to our test printer, have now exceeded 6000 hours of use, and on inspection, show no signs of wear. It is amazing how incredibly durable this material is. We are now looking at standardising printer bushing sizes and will certainly be using Vesconite Hilube in the future."