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Re: Catalina 36MKii prop shaft and rudder removal?
Just because the prop shaft and the rudder are on the center line doesn't mean you have to drop the rudder. It depends on how much wiggle room you have.
With the prop off and the split flange off the shaft at the transmission end the side play in the shaft tube gave me just enough room to slide the shaft past the rudder.
A bit of dish detergent as lubricant helps a lot and won't damage the cutlass bearing (if you're not replacing it anyway). Also make sure to sand off any barnacles or accumulated anti-fouling before trying to slide the shaft out.
Disclaimer: I have a PSS dripless shaft seal. Not sure if a stuffing box would make this easier or harder.
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Last edited by JimMcGee; 08-15-2013 at 09:51 AM.