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cutlass bearings and rudders
We have been contemplating replacing our 2-blade fixed prop for a 3-blade fixed. But from what I have read, we really need to evaluate the current prop prior to replacing it (have never hit max RPM's, don't know if it can?)
Hard to do on land. Further, on our survey, it was noted that we had "slight" play at the cutlass bearing, it was also noted that it was not urgent but should be tended to at some point, whatever that means.
Was up to the boat today and tried to move it in all directions, with side-to-side movement a slight click sound can be heard but not felt,( no visible play). There seemed to be slight vertical play but no sound. While there, I was looking at the rudder, no side-side play but some fore/aft movement detected, also can move the rudder up and down about 3/32in.
Is this considered normal? How much is too much?
As for the application - 1985 Ticon 30 (dimensionally similar to a catalina 30), Volvo 2002FWC diesel, 9600lbs disp, fin keel, spade rudder with a wheel.
Thanks in advance.