From those battery threads here, I too had a squeal from my engine. I thought it was from the belts.. So did my broker and my surveyor. After my last sail I have determined it wasn't coming from the belts at all. That noise was coming from the rear of the engine. I think it is coming from my packing gland. Can this be? Never heard of a packing glad squeal before. Thank god I just received the new GFO fiber drip-less packing. I plan on putting that on as soon as I get back to the boat. My other concern is can the noise come from the cutlass bearing?
The noise only is heard when the transmission is engaged, i.e. the shaft is rotating. I checked the transmissin fluid and all is ok.
Catalina 445, Hull #90