England Ireland Find Havens
England Ireland Find Routes

Next Previous

Emergency cutless bearing fix

Be the first
to comment

What is the issue?
You discover you have a cutless bearing that has become badly worn causing the prop shaft to vibrate a lot. Your holidays are about to be ruined because you have to haul out the boat to fix that, right?

Why address this?
Your family or friends won't be too happy spending their holidays in a boat yard. Relationships are important, but so is the safety and smooth running of your boat. What you need is a "get out of jail free" card, and here it is.

How to address this?
Go to an electricians suppliers and get a bunch of plastic cable ties. Dive down under the boat and pass these longitudinally through the failed bearing and tie them tight. This creates an emergency water lubricated bearing.

Standard cable ties available from most computer or hardware stores
Photo: Courtesy of Secureā„¢ Cable Ties

The credit for this idea goes to a South African guy who sailed around in the Aegean for two months using this fix.

With thanks to:
Conrad - S/Y CHICA

How to replace a cutless bearing

A photograph is worth a thousand words. We are always looking for bright sunny photographs that illustrate this experience. If you have some images that we could use please upload them here. All we need to know is how you would like to be credited for your work and a brief description of the image if it is not readily apparent. If you would like us to add a hyperlink from the image that goes back to your site please include the desired link and we will be delighted to that for you.

Add your review or comment:

Please log in to leave a review of this tip.

eOceanic makes no guarantee of the validity of this information, you must read our legal page. However, we ask you to help us increase accuracy. If you spot an inaccuracy or an omission on this page please contact us and we will be delighted to rectify it. Don't forget to help us by sharing your own experience.