Sea wags is correct if the boat has a wetube. Some had the bronze stern bearing. If yours has the bronze stuffing box:toolate is rite . on the sisu i had there was four allen head set screws that held the cutlass in place. sand off the paint an you will see them.mine looked like it was a piece of 2" pvc sticking out of keel,but its actually fiberglass.should be able to slide cutlass out ,if not loosen up stuffing box at tranny end of shaft then pull a little to be able to grab edge of cutlass.bring old one with you to machine shop,most likely have to machine a little off new one to fit back in tube. take some emry paper an clean shaft a little before pulling spray a little penatrating oil up inside to help slide
No you will need to remove the entire rudder stuffing box. Also your shoe is shot the hole is egged. I would also replace the shoe o0r they may be able to press in a cutlass bearing. Metal to metal on the shoe will always wear. At the prop shop they can re-stock the rudder. Also on the lower shoe they can press in a cutlass bearing so the bottom stock rides on a bearing. I did that on my JC boat & it was billet proof. S&S in College Point NY did the work. As far as the rudder goes.... I am not sure if it can be re-posted. You many need a new metal rudder. If so spend the money & go for a bronze rudder. Bronze rudders get along better with your bronze wheel. In some case S/S rudder can cause electrolysis to the wheel. Also with a bronze wheel they can be drilled so you can always slide out the shaft without rudder removal. In the photo the lower zinc covers the shaft removal hole.I beleive just removing the packing nut ,lifting the rudder out and off to the side , then drop it
No it must be pressed & with any welding do to heat it must be removed. The shoe comes off easier that you think. Just pull it do it pro & you will be proud of the job. Once done you are done for years to come.I could make a hole with my files/dremel etc that would require a press fit for the shaft the more I think about it. Where is it going to go if the rudder is there. Would prefer a weld though for GP's.. Have to talk to my welder and see where he is on bronze.
Can a cutlass be welded on without burning the liner? Would think not so the press fit is maybe what it has to be.