While cruising recently we were gettinmg increasing noise
from the drive train, especially at high revs. While cleaning
the growth off the prop I noticed the prop shaft is loose in the back bearing (on a 5"skeg). It has only had about 60hrs of use since new ? Probably motoring with some barnacles
on the prop caused the stress, the compressed fibre bearing probably could not take the wear.
So I need to put in a new bearing. We will use a nitrile one this time.
When we installed it a year or more ago, the cutlass bearing had to be shaved a little by hand to get it into the hole as there was some distortion if the SS tube when it was welded to the hull
at the last slipping. I have read that bedding cutlass bearings in low temp epoxy
glue is a good way to get them straight and in line. Getting the SS tube ground out true is not a contemplation as it would require removing the engine
, etc. It has to be a short slipping.
Can anyone shed some light on using the epoxy
method of bedding cutlass bearings and any suggestions for commonly available glues for the task ???