I'm swinging from a crane tonight, as I arranged to have my engine
alignment done and ended up getting hauled. We've pulled the shaft out and found the cutlass bearing setup is pretty odd.
This is bad for two reasons. Firstly I already paid to have the bearing changed in Florida
, but it seems those guys found the difficulty we've now found and just stuffed the old parts
back in and pretended they did the job.
Secondly no one knows what to do now.
There seems to be a bronze pipe glassed into the hull
about 2 feet long. The inside diameter of this is roughly 39mm (1.55') the shaft is 30mm. The bearing that was in there and has now disintegrated was rubber only - no brass shell.
We are left with the question - do we get another rubber only bearing and glue it in. Do we cut out this tube and glass in another one (seems drastic). Is there a brass backed cutlass bearing with these unlikely dimensions?
Any help appreciated - especially any Beneteau
owners who can confirm this setup is normal or otherwise.