Re: Can I remove the propshaft without removing the rudder. Oceanis 40
Hi guys. Yes it may be possible if the stern gland and cutlass bearing is removed. That might allow sufficient movement to get it past the rudder. But that much I already know.
I really just want to hear from someone who can confirm it either way.
THE METHOD YOU OUTLINED ABOVE IS EXACTLY HOW I REMOVED THE SHAFT ON MY 2005 BENETEAU 50.
HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE REMOVING THE SHAFT IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO REMOVE THE RUDDER AND REPLACE THE LOWER AND UPPER RUDDER BEARINGS. BENETEAU USES VERY THIN CHEAP
BRONZE LOWER BEARINGS (A SIMPLE SLEEVE) THAT WEARS OUT VERY QUICKLY.
WHEN WORN, IT HAS A TENDENCY TO EGG SHAPE THE RUDDER SHAFT OR ENLARGE THE FRP BEARING SUPPORT IN THE HULL
IF LEFT IN PLACE TOO LONG.
I HAD A MACHINIST MAKE ME A SOLID HEAVIER GAUGE CYLINDRICAL BRONZE BEARING.
NOW IS MUCH TIGHTER AND MORE PRECISE. IN ADDITION, THE AUTO PILOT IS ALSO MORE PRECISE AND LESS ACTIVE (MINIMAL HUNTING AND COURSE CORRECTIONS), THUS SAVING A LOT OF BATTERY
POWER. THIS IS NOT AN EXPENSIVE FIX OR UPGRADE.