purchase a chartplotter from Defender during their sale this week...I learn that the cutlass bearing has failed.
I wasn't able to take a picture, but the rubber tube has come completely out
I have no idea how this could have happened, especially since the cutlass was one of the first things I replaced when we hauled the boat the first time (5 years ago as new owners). The only thing I recall hitting recently was something on the Honga River last July. I had the boat pulled when we returned and all that appeared to be damaged was a bit of the rudder flange, there was a small piece of rope wrapped around the shaft? We've done a lot of sailing since then
The worst part is there is enough damage to the shaft that a new one will be needed. Then theres the coupler, drive saver, and I might as well install a drip-less shaft seal, new motor mounts, and possibly a line cutter...arg.
Add the marina charges to pull, block and tarp the boat and store it for a week. Oh yea, add the fact that there is no way I can do this until there is some room for my boat in the yard, at least two to three weeks!
I plan to do it all myself and I'm kinda looking forward to it, but I just don't know when? April is a crazy month for me, so I'm guessing we won't be sailing until May...bummer
So anyway, there just went the chart plotter purchase
- I should have replaced the engine mounts a long time ago
- I should have checked the shaft alignment more often
- I should have pulled and had the shaft checked when we bought the boat
- I should have been patient and waited to pull the boat until they had room to store me, $222 down the drain A big duh there, I guess I just wanted to know WTH was going on.