Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: chesapeake bay
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there should be set screws holding the cutlass bearing in place, did someone leave them out?
it sounds like his boat has full keel, not a strut holding the cutlass bearing. pretty much any sailboat under 100 feet wont have a pumped cutlass bearing. heck even most ships dont have a pumped cutlass bearing, they do have pumped shaft seals. 688 class subs dont have pumped shaft seals they use a bleed to allow sea water to do the job.
as for the mud, sounds like silt decided to settle in the bearing, i would bet it was acting like a filter from the shaft packing allowing water in to the boat.