Originally Posted by itsaboat
Not to hijack a thread, but to play the counter argument, my cutlass bearing is tight. I mean so tight I can hardly turn the prop by hand in neutral. It's not new either. It came with the 1985 boat. We replaced the stern tube on last haulout and I had to hammer the prop shaft (with a wood block as a buffer) to get it back up to the flange.
Should I just motor around until it wears some? I'm a lake sailor with an easy in and out of the slip an dont run the engine much. Does rubber swell over time?
A couple of things come to mind.
1. Are you sure it's the cutlass bearing? It's possible that the stuffing box is too tight.
2. Are you sure that the engine is aligned properly? This could cause the bearing to bind.
I'm sure there could be other reasons. Hopefully someone else can chime in.