Since 1991, Tides Marine has provided essential marine components to the marine industry. At Tides, providing excellent customer service is our no. 1 priority and we proudly manufacture our Shaft Seals, Rudder Bearings and Sail Track in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Our products improve vessel performance and reliability, solve unique system issues, reduce the need for scheduled maintenance and provide worry-free, long-term boating enjoyment. We are the US Master Distributor for Aqualuma LED Lighting, MATE Pumps, Horns & Rubrail as well as Super Stainless, a gel based, non-abrasive, stainless steel cleaning agent.
The Tides Marine Type C rudder port is used in vessels constructed of FRP, steel or aluminum which have an integral rudder port tube and flange. Unlike the typical assemble with separate bearing and packing, the Type C unit combines both sealing and bearing functions in a cost-effective housing. It is an ABS and Lloyds approved design and offers a substantial "bearing surface" to "rudder stock diameter" ratio.
The units consist of a one-piece UHMW housing and a nitrile lip seal. The Type C is 100% watertight. It eliminates metal-to-metal contact and the associated problems of abrasion and electrolytic corrosion. Rudder chatter and vibration are reduced, resulting in quieter, smoother performance.