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Old 11-19-2012
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Propeller Shaft Log

When I bought my boat, 1985 C30, a few months ago the surveyor noted this:

""Recommend adjusting propeller shaft log flax nut to allow for one "drip" of sea water every 30 seconds while engine is running. Minimize to one "drip" every 12-15 minutes while engine is off.""

So I live on my boat, and I can see the bilge stays at about 1/3 to 1/2 full.. and the auto bilge pump kicks on about once an hour (Seems too often to me). Common sense tells me to slowly tighten the nut (engine is off) until the dripping goes down to once every 12-15 minutes.

I've looked and noticed that the access to this nut is awful. The floor in the galley has a panel, but the nut is forward more. Maybe I can get to it by taking my drawers out and going through the bottom of that space.

Anyways. The least desirable thing is to re-do the flax, but it doesn't seem to difficult.

Any suggestions, anyone have the same experience and it was simple fix?

..Just don't want to come home to my boat underwater at the slip one night..
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