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    Posted: 22 Apr 2012 at 2:45pm
Thank you Colin and Watarah.

The cutlass bearing is a rather pathetic affair; the neoprene is much thinner than on the one I have bought from Norris (and the yellow brass housing is much thicker), and the neoprene is worn, so I doubt it would take much torque. I drilled two 5mm holes on the diameter, close to the aft end of the tube and made a tool out of steel rod which engaged in them, and tried to pull and turn. But nothing budged.

I am beginning to think that I should bore it out in situ. But I think the tube is only about 30mm ID and 4mm wall thickness, which would mean I would cut the tube right away where bearing is. That doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Did the earlier boats have a narrower tube?
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Or you could quite simply come to the original builder of your boat, who supplies all sorts of spares including cutless bearings!!!
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Thank you, Jeremy and Fiona, actually that's what I did do. The reason for my uncertainty is that I found that it was an old type 1 1/4 " ID tube, with a thin wall cutlass bearing. So I thought I should replace it with one, but after discussion with one of your people, I replaced it with a tufnol bearing. It is now all running sweetly.

Thank you too to George and all the others who kindly offered advice.

Nick Baker - French Herring
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