Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
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Out of Water
If the shaft isn't connected and the cutlass bearing is badly damaged, you MAY be able to do it in the water, but why take the risk? The cost for pulling the boat is probably <$500 versus in excess of $30K if the boat is sunk. If you do it in the water and something goes wrong, it may be hard telling your insurance company how the boat sunk and getting them to pay on a claim. Also if the bearing is that badly distorted, I doubt you are going to be able to easily pull it out without cutting it, which means, you need the shaft out of the bearing.
Disconnect the flange from the shaft and leave the shaft tightend in the SB. Pull the boat. Yank of the prop, pull the shaft, and then cut out the destroyed CB. Replace CB, shaft and prop, and center in stern tube on the hard. Launch, attach flange, align, connect, go.
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