I'm replacing a cutlass bearing as suggested by the purchase survey
of my 35' Allied
Seabreeze (full keel/CB with a stern tube). I've read as many installation
guides as possible, as the procedure is new to me.
I thought I had it down but then, when I took the shaft and prop to be inspected, the shop guy asked what means I had to insure proper water
flow to the new bearing. I thought water
simply entered the back end of the bearing and the stuffing box prevented it from coming in the boat! He claims a hole must be drilled through the stern tube and bearing.
In all the guides I've read I've never seen any mention of this. Yet, in a link in this forum to "ABYC's P-6 Propellor Shafting System", sect. 6.8.2 states "A means shall be provided to insure the flow of water through the strut bearing".
Why is this not addressed in ANY instructional guides I've read? Can anyone clarify this for me? Thanks.