[Public-List] Season's Greetings and a question about stern tubes

George Dinwiddie gdinwiddie at alberg30.org
Wed Dec 29 14:37:52 PST 2010


Your pictures are posted at 

It's been years since I've pulled my cutless bearing housing, but I 
don't see the threads where the housing screws onto the stern tube.

The bolts on this housing, BTW, generally are just threaded into the 

  - George

On 12/26/10 9:13 AM, Mel Martin wrote:
> Ahoy maties! Very best of the season to yez!
> So, engine and gas tank removed, I can now properly inspect the stuffing
> box, prop shaft and stern tube. All have suffered years of neglect. I'm
> having a new prop shaft machined because the old one is badly scored and
> corroded. With the prop shaft out of the way, i can see the inboard end
> of the stern tube, and it is not a pretty sight (see attached).
> It's clear that the upper bolt retaining the stern tube is badly
> corroded. The lower bolt is impossible to see - it's hidden behind and
> below a "lip" of GRP, but I'm pretty sure it's in as bad shape. The tube
> itself seems a little misshapen.
> Anyway, it looks to like I'll have to replace the stern tube bolts, at
> least and maybe replace the stern tube itself. I confess that I am
> little bit nervous about the whole thing because I've never done it
> before, and because I am concerned about a cascade of problems once I've
> done it.
> Have any of you ever removed/replaced a stern tube? How hard was it?
> What problems did you run into while doing it? What should I look out
> for? Any and all advice welcome and appreciated.
> best.
> mel
> Hull 452
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