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Old 08-06-2011
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Are you cheap, or frugal? (Answer is at the bottom of the post)

You can pull the motor, tear it down and remove the missing fragment now,
(Total cost- some time and a couple of gaskets. Total inconvenience- moderate)
Or you can ignore it and hope for the best. It may NEVER be a problem. Or, it may decide to jump up and jam the flywheel and do a job on the wheel, the case, the crank and the bearings, usually when underway, off a lee shore.
(Total cost- LOTS. Total inconvenience- extreme.)
The question you have to ask yourself is,
Do you feel lucky, punk?

BTW, the difference between cheap and frugal- a cheap sailor will ignore the problem and hope it isn't really a problem. the frugal sailor will fix it now, while the fix is still cheap, and learn from the experience. Cheap sailors always spend more in the long run than frugal sailors.
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