Cutless Bearing

The Cutless Bearing is 1 3/8" O.D. X 7/8" I.D. The Buck Algonquin name is Barracuda.

To replace the cutless bearing, remove the two bolts holding the stern tube casting, and unscrew the casting from the stern tube. Many people get into trouble by trying to pry it off, but it's threaded onto the tube.

There are two set screws that hold the cutless bearing in. Remove these set screws and press the cutless bearing out of the housing. Press in the new one and replace the set screws.

Note that there is a water inlet at the forward end of the housing. Drill through this inlet to make a water hole through the brass shell of the cutless bearing. This provides the lubricating water flow. (Some say that these holes are not necessary for a cutless bearing this small.)

Note: Rick Leach has through-bolted his stern tube casting.

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