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ECS-IB30 08-27-2012 09:08 PM

IB30 cutlass bearing removal
has anyone removed the strut (cutlass) bearing on one of these boats....looking for best diy it a sleeved bearing?

CalebD 08-27-2012 10:14 PM

Re: IB30 cutlass bearing removal
ISLANDER BAHAMA 30 sailboat specifications and details on

Most cutless bearings are sleeved, especially in a strut.

- remove shaft
- if press out method using threaded rod, washers, small section of pipe matching ID of bearing does not work (and it usually doesn't), then
- hack saw blade to score the sleeve of the bearing. Once a clean cut is made you peel it in on itself.

Here is a very good step by step guide: Replacing A Cutlass Bearing Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at

kentg 08-28-2012 08:13 AM

Re: IB30 cutlass bearing removal
I replaced mine last year on a 1981 B30, it is sleeved, cut it in two or three spots and it should come out real easy. Be careful the sleeve is very thin after you get through the rubber bearing. I used a threaded rod about 1/2 inch and washers to press the new bearing in. Good luck!

kentg 08-28-2012 08:14 AM

Re: IB30 cutlass bearing removal
oh yea and post to the Islander thread not general, there is some good knowledge to be had!

Ritchard 08-28-2012 12:41 PM

Re: IB30 cutlass bearing removal
Not sure if this will work for you, but here's what I did, I made up a custom but cheap tool. This is mostly because I didn't want to fuss with removing the shaft - the space behind my engine is SMALL.

ECS-IB30 08-28-2012 06:13 PM

Thanks to all for the speedy replies...cut two slots w hack and sawzall and it came right out!
It is listed in buck algonquin as pn albacore...

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