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post #4 of Old 09-18-2012
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Re: cutlass bearing

I've just removed mine - I discovered it was worn when we started work on the shaft log - Once we got into the project we decided to remove the shaft, which then needed to go to the machine shop to be dressed up (some wear grooves had formed over time at the cutlass and at the shaft log). There are a host of places to get the new bearing - I ordered mine through JD but only because I had other stuff to is a link to a catalog that lists not only the bearings, but replacement struts, and shaft log parts - buckalgonquin dot com

If the boat is on the hard, it might be good to go right back to the engine - we discovered the wear at the bearing was caused by the engine shifting over time - if we had stopped at the bearing, it would have failed prematurely because the engine was not aligned correctly (it actually was shifting due to some 'softness' in the stringers it was bolted to, but that's another thread for another day!)
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