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My boat is on the hard and I want to replace the cutlass bearing. Engine has been removed for replacement and the drive shaft is out. The bearing is encased in stern tube in the hull. I scraped the hull paint down to the gel coat on either side of the bearing looking for set screws and none have been found. The last time I did this on another boat of the same kind, I put a nut on the end of a threaded rod and slid it down the stern tube until the nut was against the inside of the bearing and the threaded rod was extending out the other end toward the rudder. I then slipped a steel cup and nut on the outer end, tightened the nut until the cutlass bearing was drawn out. Worked slick but this time it won't budge. A friend suggested I cut the bearing out with a hack saw but i'm reluctant to do that in case I cut into the bronze stern tube. Question is would there be any problem in putting a nut maybe a foot into the threaded rod and sliding the rod down the tube and through the bearing and then using a large hammer maybe a sledge hammer and try knocking it out from inside the boat.