I need/wish to remove the rudder
stock from our boat while I am cleaning
up other issues below the waterline.
I think this is the last sub-system left to go through before I get to start putting it all back together.
The plans show that it should pull out and clear the stern tube / cutlass bearing, however reality is that it does not.
This is on an older fer-a-lite hull
and the cutlass bearing is attached by 4 bolts from the outside to the exterior of the hull
. However, it does not want to budge.
I would have thought that if the 4 bolts are there, removing them would allow the unit to be removed.
My concern is whether or not this external bearing housing is attached to the stern tube, or part of it internally.
Anyone familiar with this configuration of stern tube / cutlass bearing, and or the removal