https://www.woodyboater.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Long-Shaft-82.jpg 1023 800 Matt http://www.woodyboater.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Woodyboater-Logo-White.svg Matt2021-10-02 06:15:552021-10-02 06:54:40There Is A Curse Word For Removing The Prop Shaft From A 40 Ft Wood Trawler.
There Is A Curse Word For Removing The Prop Shaft From A 40 Ft Wood Trawler.
I am not sure what the perfect curse word is, since we used all of them. But.. Since owning Sweet Pea, we have known she needs a new cutless bearing. It wasn’t all that bad, but over time had worked some leaks in the hull near her keel. Now, replacing a cutlass bearing on a Smaller Woody is not all that big of a deal. Removing a shaft out of a 18 ft boat is easy. But a 40 ft Trawler? JESUS! A 20 ft shaft. And man oh man!
But with some perseverance and help from Wayne, Jimmy, George and Larry, with special tools. After about 5 hrs, she is out and we can start the process of installing new bearings and fixing the leaky spots with cotton and slick seam.
Looks like a great way to spend a sunny afternoon with your buddies. And now you will have a dryer bilge and a smooth turning shaft. BTW, I hope you never have to replace that shaft. $$$$$!!
Great story! Strut to strut to engine alignment is tricky and that forward strut is in a tight spot.
Hope you do a follow up on shaft alignment.
Yes, the plan is to get in in the boat, and let it site for a day or two and then align. Let the bottom settle.
I bought these years ago. two of the best tools I’ve bought. Shaft puller for up to 2 inch shafts.
I purchased them directly from Minder marine. Being a business you should be able to.
The local marine constantly borrows them.
No wonder Sweet Pea always circles to starboard, what with the shaft drilled through the rudder like that
Looks like quite a job. You finally got to use your railway for what it was made for. That had to feel good. It is nice to have friends who know what they are doing to help you. Keep us posted.
Good lookin’ railway operator! 😉 While the shaft is out, you may as well check it for straightness, clean it up and the cutlass wear will give you a read on the alignment of everything. Nice work!
WHAT……. no Johnson connections?
Where do you get your slick seam? I have not seen a source for that in a couple years. Resorted to using wax rings for toilets.🤨
It’s great to have the perfect facility to do a job like that yourself.