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Re: Propeller shaft, coupler and struts
Originally Posted by thevdeub
How bad is it ?
We hauled the boat (Tartan 37', 1977), planning to install a drip less packing gland.
Now, the yard seems to think the strut is really weak and should be changed, and it is unlikely that the shaft will ever come out of the coupler and is corroded inside. I would expect the bill to come down with a full new shaft and strut, i.e. 3 to 5k$.
Other people tell me that this is expected on an old boat and there is nothing to really worry about.
I would prefer plan the full repairs in a couple of years, if this is not 'unsafe'.
In a couple of years, I might have more time to plan for this financially and maybe do the work myself.
Any opinions ? Can I wait ?
ps: I am planning for a pacific crossing, CA to HI, not much motor involved, if any.
That strut is beyond gone and dezincification has won the battle.....
Contact Brewer's South Freeport Marine in South Freeport Maine. They just did a Tartan 37 strut and had it custom cast because they are simply not available. John Brewer should be able to tell you whom he had cast the strut. I believe it was in Mass.
With the strut looking like that I would move forward with a full corrosion survey by a competent corrosion specialist. Your board, board pin. thru-hulls etc. could also be damaged.
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 07-15-2014 at 04:58 PM.