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Old 21-09-2016, 08:58   #1
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Recessed cutlass bearing

My cutlass bearing has become recessed by about 1/2" from the back of the stern tube. It used to be flush, but I got a line wrapped around my prop and that pushed the cutlass bearing up into the stern tube some. I don't have any water leakage, and I do not notice any vibration or other propulsion issues. Is this a problem and what would need to be done to fix it?

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Re: Recessed cutlass bearing

There is often a set screw near the aft end of the stern tube. Usually filled in and hard to find. The answer is boat specific, but if your cutlass bearing is the usual long type it probably has plenty of support. The trouble is how do you know it's not spinning at times, causing more wear etc. It may last a long time or may be a problem. Just the type of thing you need to haul and get fixed IMO.

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Re: Recessed cutlass bearing

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Just the type of thing you need to haul and get fixed IMO.

That is almost the definition of prudent.
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Re: Recessed cutlass bearing

If you wrapped a line that tight, I'd recommend replacing the cutlass. Chances are good that the line screwed itself into the bearing and damaged the rubber.
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