Never hit your cutlass or cutless bearing unless you are stranded on an island with no way to get help!
Fisherman Tx has the right idea, short of having a hydraulic press. Don't rush it, you'll be sorry.
Make absolutely sure you don't have a couple of set screws on the side of the strut that have been covered with paint
or epoxy or something. ( a quick nudge with a sander will tell you)
Now is the time to do things right, check your engine/shaft coupling alignment.
Also, invest the time and money
in a manual, put a bounty on it if you have to. Good hearted folks like me, may tell you something that works for their boat, not yours...
A wise man once said, if you don't have the time and money
to do it right now, when you will have the time and money to do it again later(he posts on here I think, man...that guy has sage wisdom...)