What is Pintle Clearance?
Pintle is the pin or bolt that hinge the rudder to the gudgeons on the sternpost or rudderpost. The clearance between the pintle and its bush is called pintle clearance.
- For a newly built ship, the standard clearance is 1.5 mm.
- For a ship in service, Maximum allowable clearances between pintle and bush is 6 mm.
- If the actual clearance exceeeds 6mm, the bush should be renewed.
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