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Old 12-05-2004
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How to Replace Cutlass Bearing?

How can I replace the cutlass bearing on my 1985 Najad 343? There is a bronze fitting on the external end of the tube through which the prop shaft passes. No doubt, the cutlass bearing is inside this bronze fitting, but I cannot see any apparent way to remove the fitting or otherwise gain access to the bearing! Also, from where can I get the rpope new bearing part. Thank for your advice!
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How to Replace Cutlass Bearing?


Your shaft is probably metric and so your challenge is two-fold: how to remove the old bearing and then sourcing a correct bearing re: both OD and ID measurements.

The Najad folks are relatively small-volume builders and many of them have been with that yard for decades. Their sales & commissioning yard is in the tidy little harbor in Henan, on the island of Orust in Sweden. Were I you, I''d fetch their phone # ( and give them a call to get their recommendation on how to proceed. Even if I were being advised by my local yard, I''d like to hear Najad''s view of the task ahead of me. They may also be able to offer you a current source for a proper new bearing.

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