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Re: H49 Shaft removal - cutlass bearings
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2020, 12:03:53 PM »
Greg and Missy:
1) yes the shaft can be removed fairly easily and will clear the Rudder ONLY AFTER both  cutlass bearings are removed.The removal of the cutlass bearings allows just enough play for the shaft to pass on the side of the rudder when being removed.
2) I think it would really unwise and complicate the job by leaving the prop shaft in because you need to clean all surfaces and use a waterproof adhesive prior to reinstalling the new Cutlass bearings. Besides if you’re going to the trouble to remove the prop and replace the bearings you might as well true up the shaft while you’re at it.
3) The forward cutlass bearing on our 49 has a flange which is custom made and pressed in. If you have such a flanged bearing the best place to get it from would be Queen Long. The aft bearing on the strut is stock.
4) Unless you’re at a yard with a hydraulic bearing removal tool, a Strut Pro will reduce any chance of damage or loosening to the bronze skeg rather than the alternative of taking a sawzall to cut into the inner wall of the cutlass bearing or trying to beat it out by impact. The Strut pro alternative makes a fast and easy work of removing the aft cutlass bearing on the skeg.
5) When you replace your mounts, remember the starboard and port engine mounts are different models. make sure your installer gets the right specifications.  When I had them originally replaced, the installer put the same model mounts in all positions. I later had to have another installer replace the wrong mounts.

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Re: H49 Shaft removal - cutlass bearings
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2020, 05:45:11 PM »
There are cutless bearing removal tools that do not require the shaft to be removed.  Go to

On my 44 it was a standard size.

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H49 Shaft removal - cutlass bearings
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2020, 10:31:52 PM »
Hi Hylas friends - I'm hearing form the boat yard that in addition to motor mounts (2007 boat) it's time for cutlass bearings, so two questions as I have searched the site but seen different answers.  First, will the shaft clear the rudder skeg as it's slid aft out of the boat to gain access to the cutlass bearings?  Second, are the bearings "stock" (1.5" shaft) or something I need to source from QL?

As always appreciate the collective wisdom of those that have gone before me....

Greg & Missy
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Greg & Missy
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