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Hi All,

When we installed our engine (Beta 28) the guy who sold us a prop said that we need a minimum of 1/4" clearance between the cutlass bearing and the shaft zinc - which is flush up against the forward edge of the propeller.

I recently discussed with another boat owner and he figures this is much too small, as the engine might ride forward slightly on its mounts when underway, causing the zinc to rub up against the cutlass bearing, restricting water flow and causing all sorts of problems.

In the "acceptable clearances" section of this link it recommends at least 1/2 inch for a smaller engine than ours.

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Any experts out there who can set me straight here? I haven't been able to find much online at all. My prop sits in an extrusion with no strut at all. Total shaft length is very short, approximately 24 inches.

Thanks.
 

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FWIW I have never head of installing a Zink between the shaft strut and the prop. Normally one finds the zinc forward of the shaft strut/cutlass bearing but usually within and inch or so becuase of the extent to which zinc's tend to waste in an irregular manner causing out-of-balance issues with the prop-shaft. Your arrangement seems quite unusual. Any one else have any observations on this? Grodon May?

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Do you have room to increase the distance to a half inch then? Also, or there water holes forward of the cutlass bearing for some water flow?

 

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Whoa--Sorry old chap. After looking at your set-up, my earlier comment doesn't apply to your situation. I'd try looking into what PS did with the original arrangements when the yachts were built. Good luck...

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If you look closely at erps cutless bearing, there is an irrigation 'port' drilled forward of the encased bearing. A cruising boat I maintain had the same config. as dhornesy. The bearing lasted about 3 years. When it was replaced the irrigation ports were drilled since the shaft was out. Since the bearings often must be cut out of the shaft log, I specified a phenolic jacketed bearing to ease the effort of cutting it away. The shaft and prop were then sent out for rebalancing.

If you have a ceramic stuffing box and it is irrigated by the engine cooling water, the position of the zinc won't really matter.
 
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