Cutlass bearings are found in many craft. Typically a bearing can have a 10 year life but this will vary. Typical issues could be wear from engine misalignment, things caught around the prop preventing it from spinning creating a flat spot which can lead to excess wear.
If we are carrying out our “Winter Maintenance” service then we will always check the cutlass bearing for any issues.
With rudder bearings we:
Quick tip: a small drop of fairy liquid is fantastic at lubricating these bearings and is then washed away by the water.