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Cutlass Bearing
« on: 20 June, 2010, 04:18:19 »
I have a 1981 Contest 31 HT that may need a new bearing.  The only problem is that the skeg is in the way.  The local volvo mechanic talked about cutting the bottom of the hull out and lifting the engine into the companionway.  Is there an easier way?


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Re: Cutlass Bearing
« Reply #1 on: 20 June, 2010, 13:48:58 »
Hi George, I would suggest that you contact Dick Zaal to ask him since he desigend the boat. Cutting the bottom of the hull sounds rather dramatic to me but I'm afraid that lifting the engine is required to remove the shaft.

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Re: Cutlass Bearing
« Reply #2 on: 20 June, 2010, 23:30:46 »
Hi George,

I have had the bearing in my 29 replaced this winter. I am not sure about the 31, but it might be equal to the 29. The  propeller and the lock-nut was difficult to remove, but they managed with a pulley puller. After that, the shaft had to be pulled in the direction of the front of the boat. To do so, first the bearing had to be sawed loose (using a flexibel sawblade). The complete engine had to be lifted to be able to pull the shaft forwards.
The rest of the job would be as with every other boat.
I hope this of of any use to you.
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Re: Cutlass Bearing
« Reply #3 on: 21 June, 2010, 00:57:49 »
Rather drastic but I havve removed the old shaft by cutting it pieces by piece with a grinder.
After that removed the bearing by first cutting it ywice in length direction with a saw blade.
Without a bearing new shaft can be fitted from the back, when shaft is in place new bearing can be fitted by sliding it over the shaft with help of a piece of tube.
Keeping motor in place was most easy for me (in the end my old shaft was very heavily corrode on they invisible part and had to be replaced anyway)
Good luck!


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Re: Cutlass Bearing
« Reply #4 on: 21 June, 2010, 04:55:57 »
Thank you  for your responses.  I will let you know what I found after talking with the new mechanic.