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BillyK

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Jan 24, 2010
382
Catalina 310 Ocean City, NJ
I ended up drilling out the strut and floated the new cutlass bearing in place with epoxy for perfect alignment. My alignment with the keel has always been pretty good.
Does she pull hard to one side under power if you let the wheel go?
She goes pretty true while under power.. no real issues there. But i do notice that there is significantly less prop walk than my Catalina 30 had.. and i imagine this angle has something to do with it. I think the bend in the strut might be a camera artifact since it is straight when i look at it. Otherwise, its just off to an angle.
 

BillyK

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Jan 24, 2010
382
Catalina 310 Ocean City, NJ
Replaced the oil pan today..

Went with new bolts since the original were rusted.. point to remember if you ever do this job.. only get bolts as long as the threads are on the original.. i went with full threaded bolts that were the same length and they bottomed out in the block. Apparently the threads are not cut as deep as the original bolts are long.

i also got rid of that sump hose. Its just another point of failure and i change the oil out of the dipstick tube with a vacuum tool.

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BillyK

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Jan 24, 2010
382
Catalina 310 Ocean City, NJ
Replaced all the engine mounts... looks like they were definitely bad. look at the difference between them.. 2nd one from the top was crushed on one side and is no longer holding center.. the bottom mount developed a twist to it and had no torsional rigidity.

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JRT

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Feb 14, 2017
1,626
Catalina 310 211 RoseLeigh Lake Guntersville, AL
Wow, how many hours on them?
 

BillyK

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Jan 24, 2010
382
Catalina 310 Ocean City, NJ
you were luck to get the bolts out. SS+AL+NACL =seize up!
Honestly, i don't know how the heads didn't come off the bolts with how much torque i had to put on them.. only 2 of the bolts were in there like that.. the other 6 came out relatively easily
 
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Dec 25, 2008
1,519
catalina 310 Elk River
The 2 rear port side twisted off on me with an impact wrench after 3 days of PB blaster. Fortunately by using replacement OEM mounts I had lateral adjustment to drill and tap new holes. Why manufactures don't get the SS+AL+NACL =seize up factor I will never know...at least put anti seize on them!
 
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BillyK

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Jan 24, 2010
382
Catalina 310 Ocean City, NJ
Finally made some more progress today.. Straightened out the strut.. installed the new shaft, new PSS, new cutlass bearing, and rebuilt transmission. here's a pic on how i straightened the strut .. that's a piece of mahogany.
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it was far easier to straighten that i expected... i had to adjust the twist on the strut once it was straight and i was able to do that with the old shaft as a lever in the cutlass.

Next on the agenda is to align the shaft-trans interface and setup the PSS.

Will be nice to not have the salon look like it was hit by a hurricane at some point.. Does anyone else feel like any onboard project totally overcomes the space inside with tools, parts, cushions, and everything else everywhere???
 

DArcy

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Feb 11, 2017
585
Islander Freeport 36 Ottawa
Does anyone else feel like any onboard project totally overcomes the space inside with tools, parts, cushions, and everything else everywhere???
Yes, sounds pretty familiar.
 

JRT

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Feb 14, 2017
1,626
Catalina 310 211 RoseLeigh Lake Guntersville, AL
Nice update. My strut bolts had signs of leaks at some point (Cutlass replacement?) that was repaired so you might double check those before you splash.
 
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Nov 6, 2006
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Hunter 34 Mandeville Louisiana
Ya mean a mess in the boat during a project?? This during my compression post fix:
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BillyK

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Jan 24, 2010
382
Catalina 310 Ocean City, NJ
Nice update. My strut bolts had signs of leaks at some point (Cutlass replacement?) that was repaired so you might double check those before you splash.
Good point.. i did inspect the nuts that i could see inside the hull and they appear ok.. I've never really paid any attention to the strut before on any of my boats since i've never had any issues that would require it.. When i got the design documents on how they lay up the fiberglass on these hulls to capture the strut i was really impressed with the amount of glassing used. Would seem that its one of the strongest parts of the boat other than the keel attachment points... I'm glad that i didn't have to remove it, that's for sure..