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Re: Prop shaft / cutlass bearing overhaul

I've also had good experience with Pettit Horizons. Good stuff and a good price.

Having replaced strut bearings and repacked stuffing boxes a number of times over the last 25 years, here's some thoughts. Pulling the shaft is a pretty big job (especially if you have to drop the rudder), so do everything while its out so you don't have pull it again in a year or two. I've had good luck with the fancy packing, but I don't agree with those that say you don't need a slow drip for lubrication. Yes the teflon may be less likely to overheat, but it still needs a bit of water for cooling and lubrication IMO. Check out Mainesail's excellent tutorials on replacing a strut bearing and repacking a stuffing box.
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