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Old 06-26-2002
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Shaft Log Leak

Back in ''99 I watched a completely refurbed, painted and ready to rock old Morgan 50 OI style launched for extended cruising here in STT. Next morning it was back in the slings. Within an hour of launch, the bilge was almost full. The shaft log is just a fiberglass tube, suceptible to vibrational stress. This one broke free on one side. It had to be completely reglassed and restrengthened. Would''ve been a real mess had they made the corner into the deep. If you remotely suspect your shaft log is the culprit, I''d suggest hauling, carefully inspecting the tube and, if o.k., replace the gland and packing. I know it sucks, but so does finding a travel lift off-hours.
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