Just installed a new cutlass bearing in P bracket that takes a 25mm shaft. I was expecting the shaft to be a tight fit in the new bearing so put plenty of soap on the rubber flutes, I was very surprised to find that the shaft nearly fell out the other side when I pushed it into the bearing. With the shaft positioned correctly I could detect a small amount of play between the shaft and bearing and I could turn the shaft without any resistance.
I was expecting a brand new bearing to be a tight fit, to give some resistance to turning by hand and I wasn't expecting any play initially until after a couple of hours use when things were bedded in. Is this correct?