I bought myself my first powered sailboat. I "jumped up" from a Hobie 16 - 30 years ago to diesel auxiliary in February. The survey and others who saw the boat out of the water (I bought based on previous survey after a sale failed) indicate the cutlass bearing is worn but nobody wants to speculate how soon I need to make the repair. I want to put off the repair at least until the boat is hauled for bottom work - a year or two. Are there any symptoms while under power, like vibration or noise to indicate a repair is immediately needed? Can I dive down and take a look and see/feel the obvious condition? I have one of those donut couplings in the shaft so I am thinking my transmission won't be affected. Don’t want to put this off until I need a prop shaft! Thanks for your advice.