Originally Posted by ljbabin
Hello BillyRuffn, wellas you can see by the diagram the S.S. tube that is the backbone of the rudder is olny under the surface of the fibberglass,but I decided to try digging it out just in case,NO LUCK but thanks for offering me another possibility.At this point I have the 3bladed Max Prop off,the coupling half at the trans. off and the entire packing nut and stuffing box removed and I am in the process of unbolting the transmission mounts then I can chainfall the motor up high enough to slide the shaft under the motor enough to give me room to remove the cutlass bearing.I have replaced at least 5-6 bearings in my time but never like this.I can,t get the shaft out without motor removal which seems strange with a boat that seems to have so much quality and thought put in it.Again ,thanks for the input,guess I will continue along the way I am going for now.LES
It sounds to me like all you're trying to accomplish is the removal/replacement of the cutlass bearing? If so, it is not necessary to pull the shaft to replace it.
But even if you do need to remove the shaft for some reason, I would suggest that you post your question, as well as the description of what you have done so far, over on the SailNet Pacific Seacraft e-mail list-serve. There are folks there who have done both jobs and can give you the advice you need. Suggest you also do a search of the archives, as the process for replacing the cutlass bearing has been described previously. Link below: