problem with new boat - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 02-16-2004 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 18
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
problem with new boat

A couple of months ago I bought a 2001 Catalina 36... haven''t even sailed it yet and already I got a letter from the boat yard saying that the cutlass bearing needed replacing, and the strut was misaligned, and the shaft was a bronze shaft and should be replaced with stainless steel. When I called the broker who sold me the boat, he was baffled and said Catalina hasn''t used bronze for shafts in ages and didn''t know why the boat had a bronze shaft. the boat was surveyed and the survey said it was all fine.

Anyway, my question is, is it normal for a 2 year old boat to have cutlass bearing replaced, and would anyone know why the boat would have a bronze shaft?
casey1004 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 02-16-2004
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 306
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 14
problem with new boat

Sounds like this boat might have been damaged and was improperly repaired. Unless the engine has an extreme number of hours for it''s age the cutlass bearing should still be good. As for the shaft I used to have a 95 Cat 36 and the shaft was stainless. Someone may not be telling the truth.
Sailmc is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 4 Old 02-16-2004
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
problem with new boat

Sounds like the dealer that prepped the boat did not align the engine properly. This is not uncommon. It should be aligned on the hard before it is splashed, and then realinged after it has been in the water for at least 24 hours. If you run the engine much while it''s out of alignment it will ruin your cutlas bearing. The vibration can also loosen the strut over a period of time.
Cayman is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 4 Old 02-16-2004
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 654
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 15
problem with new boat

Before taking any steps recommended by the boat yard, call the surveyor and explain the situation to him. *IF* the cutlass bearing is, indeed, in need of replacement the surveyor should have caught this problem during his work; its as simple as wiggling the shaft and examing the strut and the bearing. Bronze shaft? That''s a new one to me. That''s not to say they dont exist. Given the short amount of time and the fact that the surveyor should have found this problem (if indeed there is a problem) I think it is justified to call the surveyor, ask him a few questions, and have him meet you at the boat to investigate the "problem." Surveyors are not infallible, however, a problem such as a non-standard shaft and a wore cutlass bearing are among the easier to catch. Good luck.
hamiam is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Second Thoughts on the Ideal Cruising Boat Stede Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 24 11-01-2009 08:12 AM
Bluewater defined? dch Learning to Sail 44 07-29-2009 07:20 PM
How heavy is too heavy II ? PCP General Discussion (sailing related) 14 09-21-2007 09:48 PM
Best way to sell???? Sailmale General Discussion (sailing related) 2 05-13-2003 06:22 PM
buying first boat jerrycooper14 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 21 04-23-2002 02:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome