{Stus-List} Cutless bearing replacement

Jim Watts jimwatts at shaw.ca
Mon Feb 19 10:00:58 EST 2007

I paid a marine shop to do the one on Paradigm (quote of "about $35") and they destroyed the strut with brute strength and ignorance, then tried to bill me $900 to replace it. I figured there's no way I could do it worse...

Jim Watts
Paradigm Shift
C&C 35 Mk III

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: david.knight at bell.ca 
  To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com 
  Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007 5:04 AM
  Subject: Re: {Stus-List} Cutless bearing replacement

  I paid to have mine done, Jim, by a marine shop. They had an expensive tool, and it was flawless. I have heard that this task without the proper tool can be extremely frustrating.

  Hope that helps

  From: Jim Watts [mailto:jimwatts at shaw.ca] 
  Sent: February 18, 2007 18:40
  To: 1 C&C List
  Subject: {Stus-List} Cutless bearing replacement

  Anyone have any experience with this tool?
  Looks a lot like the one I just invented in my head, although mine looked cruder and was very single-purpose. 
  I have to replace the cutless bearing this spring, so I was going to take a pipe ID sized 1/16" over the shaft size and OD 1/16" under the strut size (may have to have it machined to fit), have a flange welded onto it, and use a variant of this double-bolt drawtight effort to push the old bearing up the shaft, towards the boat. When free of the strut, I could cut it off with a Dremel or suchlike, and use the tool to push the new bearing in. All this to avoid removing the shaft, which would entail dropping the rudder, and I just don't want to get into that this year. It's going to be enough hassle fitting the MaxProp without getting into that as well. 
  I don't suppose someone has one...?

  Jim Watts
  Paradigm Shift
  C&C 35 Mk III


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