How Can You Replace a Cutlass Bearing?
The bearing found on a vessel’s drive shaft log that is made with brass and a rubber lining that is grooved from the inside and which is lubricated by the water around that enters the grooves on rotation is what is termed as cutlass bearing, this.
It does not matter the number of times that you use your boat, but you must at some point change the cutlass bearing. When it is time to change that cutlass bearing, you will find the cutlass bearing a bit far from the keel or somewhere buried in the woodwork of the boat.
Removing the cutlass bearing is not challenging however your hands will get dirty. Replacing your boat’s cutlass bearing can be done using the steps given in this article, now.
Locating and removing the set screws should be the first thing to do. In several cases, the set screws will be found hidden below the layer of growth and crud. Don’t forget that other boat manufacturers do not use set screws. If you know that set screws are not existing, then it is no use wasting time looking for them.
Of course you will have to cut the bearing. In the absence of a Sawzall, you can use a hacksaw to cut the cutlass bearing. You should know that you need to have ample experience to be able to use the Sawzall tool from Propeller Depot safely.
Now to remove the cutlass bearing by bending it. You can bend the cutlass bearing to the inner side using a cold chisel and a hammer so that you reach the other side where you have made a cut. Do not use excessive force when hitting the cutlass bearing for it to bend. If you force it you will damage the strut of the boat.
Insert a maple dowel after creating a space from bending the cutlass bearing on the boat to the inside and using a hammer slit it open to the other end. Avoid using any tool made of metal to split the cutlass bearing on its length. The interior of the strut may get damaged by so doing.
Lastly, you can now remove the cutlass bearing. Use a pair of pliers to hold the cutlass bearing to remove it. Install a new cutlass bearing after you clean the strut’s surface. After removing the old cutlass bearing, and the surface of the strut is clean, and you are about to install a new cutlass bearing bought from Propeller Depot ensure the cutlass bearing can enter the acme props in a straight line.
If the ramrod strut is forced and not straight it, you may damage it. So that the ramrod of the strut can go in straight use some grease on the cutlass bearing to help it to slide in easily.