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dmurraymaine



Joined: 07 Jul 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:12 pm    Post subject: cutlass Bearing Reply with quote

Has anyone replaced the cutlass bearing? I'm wondering if the shaft can be removed from a P31-2 without dropping the rudder... again! I did it two yearsa ago to replace the rudder bearings and it was such a total hassle (digging a hole etc.) that I'm desperately hoping I won't have to do it again. I'm replacing all four of the motor mounts since one broke and I figure I might as well do the bearing since I've got the shaft uncoupled. any advice?
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bluemoon



Joined: 09 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had my cutlass bearing replaced last year. The yard did not have to take off the rudder. There was a pretty good scrape in it though in order for them to get it out. I think it is a pretty tight fit.
Bob
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jackdunham



Joined: 21 Jul 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I replaced the cutlass bearing on my 1987 P31-2 last year without removing the rudder but after removing the shaft the bearing could not be removed, this required removing the strut and taking to a machine shop. In order to remove the strut the fuel tank has to to be lifted to access the strut bolt nuts, a major and time cosuming undertaking, do everything you can to remove bearing without removing strut. When replacing the engine mounts put them on a drill press and elongate the mounting bolt holes, this makes engine alignment much easier as the engine can be finely tuned to align. Good luck, Jack D.
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dmurraymaine



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. Looks like its doable!
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Michael Trant



Joined: 03 Apr 2008
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Location: Norwalk. CT

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:43 pm    Post subject: 31-2 Cutlass Bearing and shaft removal Reply with quote

Just wanted to let other owners of 31-2 boats know that the shaft can be removed without dropping the rudder. I purchased a Strut-pro cutlass bearing removal tool which allowed me to remove the cutlass bearing with the shaft in place. Once the cutlass bearing was out, the shaft slid by the rudder with plenty of room to spare. I have a 31-2 deep keel boat. I have a 1" shaft and the OD of the cutlass bearing is 1 and 3/8". It is 4" long. My shaft was 42" long. I ended up having to drill out the cutlass bearing set screws. I will retap and use the next size up.

Without removing the cutlass bearing, I think the stress put on the shaft to force it past the rudder would have been too much for the system including the skeg. I elected for the what I believe was a safe solution and removed the cutlass bearing. The install will require the same procedure. The shaft needs to be in place before the cutlass bearing is pressed in. Smile
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