Aannsha’s Blog #130 – 50 Euros well spent

Old cutlass bearing in P-bracket

Now the prop shaft had been removed, we (well Baz) was tasked with removing the cutlass bearing from the P-bracket. The cutlass bearing is a tube that fits snugly inside the P-bracket (which is attached to the bottom of the hull) and the prop shaft passes snugly through the bearing, which allows it to spin fast without shuddering.

Before he began the task, Baz popped the new cutlass bearing on the prop shaft and it fitted perfectly. Then he put it up to the P-bracket and it looks like he’s bought the right one. Yay!

How was he going to remove it though?

After researching online, Baz decided that the best tool for the job was a cutlass bearing puller. But we didn’t have one and neither did the boat yard. He had a chat with one of the other boat owners on site and while he didn’t have one we could borrow, he did suggest using a large socket and hammering the bearing out.

As luck would have it, Baz had just the right sized socket in his tool box and after borrowing a very large hammer from the boat yard, set to hammering the cutlass bearing out.

After a lot of hard hits, Baz realised it wasn’t going to work, so went back to the online drawing board for more suggestions. After all, given we’re in a small Greek fishing village and in lockdown, it was highly unlikely he’d be able to source a cutlass bearing puller locally.

What was Barry going to do?

I’ll share after I tell you about our little chat.

It’s not what Baz expected

We decided to have a little chat with you guys and gals. Well, many of us are confined to our homes right now, so why not sit and have a heart to heart!

Turns out, when he was dreaming up our retirement adventure from the comfort of our Australian home pre 2017, Baz had visions of sailing for many months at a time with only a few months out of the water for winter maintenance and to avoid winter storms. He shared how disappointed he’s been that both years since we’ve had A B Sea, we’ve sailed far less than he’d hoped.

Sailing plans disappointment

We had a giggle when I mentioned that he often has very different ideas about how things will pan out, especially when they involve time! Here’s an example:

Baz: “It’ll only take five minutes.” … Three days later!