The bearing found on a vessel’s drive shaft log that is made with brass and a rubber lining that is grooved from the inside and which is lubricated by the water around that enters the grooves on rotation is what is termed as cutlass bearing, this.
Regardless of the times when your boat is used, you must change the cutlass bearing in the long run. When it is time to change that cutlass bearing, you will find the cutlass bearing a bit far from the keel or somewhere buried in the woodwork of the boat.
Apart from getting your hands dirty, you will not face any challenges when removing the cutlass bearing. These are the steps to follow to replace your boat’s cutlass bearing, now.
Prior to doing anything else, you should first locate the set screws so that you can remove them. The area where you will find the layer of crud and marine is where the set screws are hidden in most cases. Not all boat manufacturers use the set screws. If you notice your boat does not have the set screws then do not waste any more time looking for them.
Cutting the bearing is a must in the replacement of the cutlass bearing. You can cut the cutlass bearing using a hacksaw if you don’t have a Sawzall from Propeller Depot with you. You should know that you need to have ample experience to be able to use the Sawzall tool from Propeller Depot safely.
Bending the cutlass bearing is the next step. With a cold chisel and a hammer, you can bend the cutlass bearing to the inside until you reach the place where you have made a cut. Do not use excessive force when hitting the cutlass bearing for it to bend. If you force it you will damage the strut of the boat.
To open the cutlass bearing up to the other end, do so by putting a maple dowel after creating a space by bending the boat’s cutlass using a hammer. Do not use metal tools to slit open the cutlass bearing up to its length. By so doing you may damage the strut’s inside.
Finally, remove the cutlass bearing. Do this with a pair of pliers to hold and remove the bearing. Now clean the surface of the strut and install a new cutlass bearing. After removing the old cutlass bearing, and the surface of the strut is clean, and you are about to install a new cutlass bearing bought from Propeller Depot ensure the cutlass bearing can enter the acme props in a straight line.
You will damage the strut’s ramrod if you push it and the line it is not straight. For it to go straight use grease on the washers of the cutlass bearing so that it can slide in the strut easily.