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How Can You Replace a Cutlass Bearing?

A cutlass bearing is a bearing on a vessel’s drive shaft log that is commonly made using brass and a lining that is grooved from the inside which is lubricated by the water which enters the grooves during rotation, this.

It does not matter the number of times that you use your boat, but you must at some point change the cutlass bearing. As soon as you realize it is time to make the cutlass bearing change you may find it hidden in the woodwork of the boat or some distance away from the keel.

Removing the cutlass bearing is not challenging however your hands will get dirty. 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. In several cases, the set screws will be found hidden below the layer of growth and crud. Don’t forget that other boat manufacturers do not use set screws. If you notice your boat does not have the set screws then do not waste any more time looking for them.

Of course you will have to cut the bearing. If you don’t have a Sawzall with you, then a hacksaw should help you to cut the cutlass bearing. 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. When you forcefully bend the cutlass bearing, you risk damaging 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. The interior of the strut may get damaged by so doing.

Finally, remove the cutlass bearing. To remove the cutlass bearing use a pair of pliers to hold. After cleaning the strut’s surface, install a new cutlass bearing. Now that you have removed the old cutlass bearing, and you have cleaned the strut’s office and are ready to insert a new bearing purchased from Propeller Depot all the while making sure the bearing enters the acme props in a straight line.

If the ramrod strut is forced and not straight it, you may damage it. For it to go straight use grease on the washers of the cutlass bearing so that it can slide in the strut easily.