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01-29-2013 11:38 PM
chef2sail
Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

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Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
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.

MedSailor
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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01-29-2013 10:13 PM
MedSailor
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.

MedSailor
01-29-2013 08:27 PM
CapnRon47
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.



cheers,
Ron
01-29-2013 06:52 PM
benesailor
Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

Well....... this thread created some work. I had been suspicious of my cutlass bearing but now I'm really suspicious. I think it's time to change it out.
I'm assuming it's a press fit?
01-29-2013 05:43 PM
chef2sail
Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

As stated ease all depends on where the bearing is. Ours is in a strut. It requires that the shaft be pulled out. The shaft clearence with the rudder in is .33 inches so we were lucky we didnt have to have the rudder dropped. Oours came from Buck Algonquin

http://www.buckalgonquin.com/pages/P...ring_page.html

The part itself is inexpensive and relarted to shaft size. If you are having the shaft removed its a no brainer to replace the bearing no matter how old it is IMHO.

Dave
01-29-2013 09:48 AM
Hudsonian
Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

A friend who is responsible for tug repair with a large towing company told me that they replace the cutlass bearing every time a tug is hauled. The cost of the bearing is so cheap compared to the cost of the haul that it doesn't make sense to not change the cutlass bearing. On the other hand, he undoubtedly factors in loss of use when analyzing the economics. You may not.
01-29-2013 09:32 AM
PorFin
Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

Med,

The relative difficulty in replacing the bearing will depend a great deal on where the bearing is located.

If it's in a strut, then things are much easier than if it's in a deadwood mounted shaft log -- it's a question of access to the forward end of the bearing in order to press it out.
01-29-2013 08:20 AM
H and E
Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

I just replaced mine. The sound of a bad bearing is kind of like a drumming - if you here that it is past time. I had about 50 thousandths inch play in it. I would guess that it should be changed any time there is play. I suspect once the play starts it will wear quite quickly. System is much smoother now.
01-29-2013 08:00 AM
lancelot9898
Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

I had the cutlass bearing replaced after only 2 years from when the boat was brand new. The yard manager came by at haul out and grabed the prop and said there was some play in it and while I had a hard time seeing any play I told him to go ahead and replace it since the cost was under $100 if I remember right. I was not there to watch the replacement, but I don't think he removed the shaft. Not sure how it was done since there is no strut involved plus there is no clearance to use that tool in the above video. It's probably time to replace it again since that was 20 years ago.
01-29-2013 04:36 AM
Minnewaska
Re: How often do I need to replace my cutlass bearing?

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Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
MedSailor - I forget why, but I did a search for cutlass bearing replacement process. Here's a nifty tool that looks interesting:

I have no affiliation with the seller, just thought it was cool.
For $395 to get just the adapters for your own shaft, this tool could pay for itself over time. Split it with a buddy and it would pay on its first use. Use yours to help a buddy and you could make your investment back in beer.
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