Join Date: May 2007
Location: Stuart FL
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I have posted a couple of threads here about my diesel being an issue. Last week I had someone over to replace the packing in the stuffing box. That went pretty smoothly and I won't be quite so freaked out about it next time. The amount of water coming in was really not that much.
However in the process the shaft log started to leak around where it meets the hull. I tried to get the leaking stopped with new hose clamps but nothing I did seemed to affect it at all. I had planned to take it to a DIY yard in a week or so but the amount of water coming in would mean that if the bilge pump failed it would only be a few hours and the water would be up over the sole. Another few hours and the boat would be sinking.
I talked to another guy here in the marina and he got a yard that was just across the channel to haul the boat out to replace the log first thing in the morning. So I spent the night listening to the bilge pump whirring not sleeping terribly well.
I was worried about the trip over and having the log fail completely but it held up and it turned out that the fiberglass tube had sheared off and was coming apart on the inside. So it was several days in a hotel while the new tube was glassed in.
I am glad it happened in the marina and not out in the Atlantic. Which is what happened to a neihboring boat here this week and they had to get towed back and their ac was wrecked and who knows what else got damaged.
Now I am thinking that the shaft wobble I thought I was seeing was caused by the excessive amount of water coming through the stuffing. So several items were added to my lessons learned with this issue.
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