Went to help a friend (and fellow Rib.net member) yesterday carry out an emergency trailer swap at a recovery yard along the A13 motorway near Caen.
I got a call to say he had suffered a bearing failure but never expected to see this (first picture).
He was bloody lucky as he was only doing 50mph at the time on a straight section of the motorway.
The bearings are supposed to be fully waterproof units and had only been back to the French manufacturer 6 months ago for a recall.
How the wheel stayed on is incredible
. The only thing stopping it falling off was the inner race was sat in the groove of the outer race...all the balls have disintegrated and fallen out.
It was'nt even his boat, it was a client's rib that he was taking back to the UK for repair.
Another reminder to check your bearings before a long voyage....(although in this case the client assured him that all was well