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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Where the oceans have no address.
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My system is more traditional...a standard stuffing box forward of the cutlass bearing and hooked up on the engine side with a flange.
My flange set-screws came loose one time because I'd forgotten to through-wire them together. Same result for me, lost all way; just different cause.
BUT, I was more cocerned about the possibility of completely losing the shaft. No outer struts on this shaft. Full keel with a rudder aperture. A loose flange COULD result in the shaft spinning itself away and dropping from the boat if you were turning at the time (the rudder would normally stop the prop/shaft from backing out altogether). Resulting in a "hole" that could quickly sink your boat.
To protect against such misadventure, I put a SECOND zinc on the inside of the engine compartment....just a couple inches forward of the stuffing box. The zinc stops the shaft from moving more than a couple inches if the flange comes loose...it certainly won't back out!
Protect your boat from sinking....put a second zinc on the inside!!
"...and a star to steer her by."