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Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

Our cutlass bearing was pretty warn (the boat was new to me), when I had it hauled a few years ago.



It mounts in a small fairing and is held in place with side mounted allen screws. They did not have to pull the shaft to remove the old one (although that is how it got all chewed up on the outside), they just grabbed it and pulled it out with a puller. The new one fits nice and snug and went on over the outer end of the shaft (with prop removed). I had my Maxprop regreased and reset at that time since it was already off. The replacement of the cutlass bearing was not expensive and is in line with what others have indicated.



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Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

Great info! Thanks everyone. My prop shaft comes out of the hull with an aperture, instead of a strut. It looks most like Ron's photo above.

I will be pulling the shaft so, I'll replace it this time in the yard.

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Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

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Great info! Thanks everyone. My prop shaft comes out of the hull with an aperture, instead of a strut. It looks most like Ron's photo above.

I will be pulling the shaft so, I'll replace it this time in the yard.

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Good idea. It will be a piece of cake then. Since you are pulling the saft are you placing stuffiing box with dripless ( do you have). If should at least take the oppertunity to replace the rubber bellows on the shaft inside the boat. How about the coupling? how does it look? will they have to hammer it when they remove it? May be a good time to rrplace it also. Not that expensive either. You have it all apart so look at it good. Also make sure the shaft isnt scored.

We replaced everything this year, since it was out as the major expense and work (labor) was pulling the shaft. New engine mounts, coupler, shaft, driplles packing, cutless bearing. Parts cost less than $500
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