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Another cutlass bearing on a DE 32
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April 10, 2019 - 8:53 am
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 Good day all, 

 

First, I have scoured this forum and the everywhere else for as much info as I can find.  So I'm not trying to beat a dead horse here.  I'm looking for any additional or recent experience and advice.  Orion is a 1977 32, I'm not sure if there were different configurations throughout the years  

My plan is to get a 4" x 1"x1.5" bearing as per Jason Rose.  Jack the engine up so I can slide the shaft inboard enough to gain the necessary clearance.  

My understanding is that there will be the exposed set screw and another buried under glass 2" fwd of the first.  Correct so far? 

I've read that the stern tube stays right where it is and that the bearing should twist out with a pipe wrench.  Easier said than done I'm sure. If it requires a hacksaw and punches then so be it.

I'm looking for any advice or woes that people have encountered. I'll have a limited amount of time on the slipway and I want to be as prepared as possible. Prop, bearing and shaft haven't been out in a number of years so I expect lots of cursing and grunting.

 

Cheers, 

 

Scratch

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To the best of my knowledge that part of the boat is identical to every other DE32. I don't think  they changed it over the years. Hopefully someone else with some first hand experience can chip in though.

Scott

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 Replaced a cutlass bearing on a DE38 which has a 1 inch prop shaft.  Took  two cuts with a hacksaw blade and a lot of strong words.  Can only suggest a few things in hindsight.  Have been told that there is a tool to remove the bearing.  Check with your boatyard..  When replacing with a new bearing, leave about a half inch sticking out, so that you can grab it with a pipe wrench the next time.  Have replaced a bearing on a power boat once, and job went a lot smoother by freezing the new bearing, which aloud it to slide into the strut with ease.  Cheers and beers,

Jim

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April 19, 2019 - 7:25 pm
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Update.... 

 

OK, cutlass bearing is out.

I pulled the engine. There's no way around it my boat.  I have a Beta28 and a flexible coupler. Can't take my prop off or remove the coupler without sliding the engine forward on her mounts. Not as big a deal as one would think. I have gorilla strong boom gallows for a lifting point and I have wired and hosed the the engine in such a way that there are no clearance or travel issues. Takes me less than an hour, including a couple darts and a beer.  Hardest part is the coupler. 

I raised the engine a bit and twisted her enough to slide the shaft assembly inboard  enough to remove the prop, then all the way into the engine room.  Easy part done.

On my DE32 there were 2 set screws exposed on the after end of the stern tube  Port and stbd.  Removed them and there was zero give anywhere sprayed everything down and let soak. Still no give.  After sufficiently mangling the exposed 1/2" of the cutlass bearing with pipe wrenches I started cutting the bearing with hack saw blades and chiseling away.  I'm impatient so out came the recip saw  A really good blade is a must. 

I chiseled the exposed 1/2" away first and was careful with the attack angles.  Managed to make several different intersecting cuts.  After much scoring and chiseling I was able to free the bearing enough to grab it with vise grips and beat/twist it out. Not a mark on the stern tube from the saw. Luck or skill... Doesn't matter which. 

With regards to the set screws... Several people have said that there were set screws buried 2" fwd of the first under fibreglass. I figured I could remove the old one and find out rather that drilling random holes. There were only the two on the after end of mine.

The new bearing is a non metallic style. A local dealer who caters mainly to fishing boats swear by them.  As do a number of local cruisers.  It'll be easier to cut out next time. In the freezer now, I'll update again once it's in.

Scratch

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April 22, 2019 - 6:20 am
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Done! 

New bearing went in perfectly.  Couple whacks with a hammer and a block of wood, you can feel it seat out.  Everything else was straight fwd reassembly. 

I am curious as to how much room other DE32 owners have between the transmission flange and the stuffing box.  I'm guessing that maybe the original Farryman engines were shorter overall. I've looked at it every way I can imagine and my Beta 28 has to be slid fwd on the mounts to remove the prop, replace stuffing box packing and to remove the flex coupling.  It's a pain in the ass and preventative maintenance is a must.  

I'm off to splash S/V Orion now. Rainy day in Nova Scotia but I think I'll take her for a shakedown run. 

 

Cheers, 

 

Scratch 

 

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