the pointy end is the bow
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Location: La Conner, Washington
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The wear at the cutlass bearing doesn't look excessive to me. The wear the packing gland looks like it's getting a little rough, which will lead to excessive wear to the packing material and leaks. Your idea of adjusting the length of the log tube sounds viable to me, if you have room between the hull and the shaft coupler. Otherwise, depending on the length and size it's not too unreasonable for a machine shop to machine you another shaft. We had a 7/8th shaft machined for an Islander 28 we owned for under $300.
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.