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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