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Re: Is this a problem? Prop shaft/Cutlas Bearing
Consider yourself lucky. I got a big wad of kelp wrapped around the prop/shaft/strut two or three weeks ago and wound up breaking the strut.
It doesn't look like there's much damage in your pic. If there isn't any play between the cutlass bearing and the shaft you don't need a new bearing. Just hold the strut and try moving the shaft back and forth and up and down. If you can't feel any play, you're golden. If there is any play at all, it's time for a new bearing.
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