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Plain bearings and linear guides for pleasure crafts and yachts

High forces caused by wind and waves, changing weather conditions and corrosive salt water: external components in yachts and pleasure crafts are exposed to harsh conditions. This is where our dry-running plain bearings and linear guides really come into their own, as they don't require any lubrication, are maintenance-free, corrosion-free and lightweight. igus supplies solutions in 24 hours from stock or configured as required for customised applications, with no minimum order quantity.

Areas of use

Sailing boat with igus products


Bearing technology for roller reefing, self-tacking jib, kicking strap and more
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Yacht with igus products


Bearing technology for anchor lockers and winches, step extension, sliding roof and more
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Motorboat with igus products


Bearing technology for trim tab, steering system, seat adjusters and more
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Boat interiors

Products for interior design

Whether sliding tables, bed pull-outs or mobile shower walls: compact, mobile units are needed in boat interiors to make perfect use of the limited space. We have the right bearing technology or energy supply system to ensure that reliable movement.

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Success stories

igubal KARM rod end in sailing boat Seascape 24

Clearance-free double rudder

In the steering system of the Seascape 24 sailing boat, igubal rod ends are used in the connections between the tiller, drive shafts and rudder blades. The fact that they are robust, extremely low-friction, and free from clearance and corrosion makes them the perfect component for this application.
Sliding control system on Pegazus boat with drylin WJRM

Sliding control console

Thanks to drylin WJRM roller bearings mounted on double guides made of anodised aluminium, the position of the driver's console in this motorboat can be changed between the cabin and cockpit. The linear system is easy to install and completely maintenance-free.
Boat with davit from innovative structural design

Reliable rotation

Lifting the dinghy into the rear garage using a jib crane: innovative structural design uses PRT slewing ring bearings for this movement. With sliding elements made of wear-resistant plastic, they are ideal for use in salt water environments - quiet, light and smooth-running.
Hydrogenerator Ocean Power

Perfectly in line with the current

Ocean Power relies on igubal ESTM pillow block bearings for the linear lowering of its hydrogenerator. They make a rotation of up to 20 degrees, i.e. an adjustment to the current, possible. The spherical ball prevents constraining forces and ensures low-friction movement at all times.
iglidur P is prized for its low moisture absorption, low coefficient of friction and high load capacity.

Robust bearings in the boat crane

These cranes are used to hoist boats out of the water in Fort Meyers, Florida. In both, iglidur P plain bearings are used directly in the cable winch drive shaft, which performs a lifting and lowering movement to hoist the boats completely out of the water.

Reliably guided lift system

How does the dinghy get onto the yacht or the jet ski into the water? This plant manufacturer knows the answer. The company designs lift systems for yachts - and relies on energy chains, drylin profile guides and iglidur plain bearings.

Top products for boats

Profile guide

Profile guides

  • Dirt-resistant and tough
  • Easy installation
  • Lightweight and quiet operation
shaft guide

Shaft guides

  • Temperature-resistant
  • Chemical resistance
  • Free from lubrication and maintenance
Slewing ring bearings

Slewing ring bearings

  • Resistant to heat
  • Chemical resistance
  • Wear-resistant
pre-assembled cable chains

Ready-to-install energy chain systems

  • Fail-safe cables
  • Strong and maintenance-free energy chains
  • Moving energy made easy
low-profile telescopic rails

Low-profile guide systems

  • Low installation height between 6mm and 12mm
  • Lightweight
  • Four rail widths from 17mm to 80mm
sleeve bearings

Sleeve bearings

  • Maintenance-free and cost-effective
  • Low water absorption
  • High load capacity

Free samples

Plain bearing box

With 38 flanged bushings made of the most important iglidur materials, with templates for finding the perfect material for your application
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drylin® W sample box

See for yourself the benefits of our drylin® W profile guides with our sample box.
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DIY ideas with drylin linear guides

Extendable boat antenna
Extendable shelf

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igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsubishi, NUM,Parker, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH