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PSS shaft seal
Just hauled the boat and I am considering replacing the PSS shaft seal bellows as preventative maintenance. The PSS seal was put in by the previous owner, but he couldn't quite remember when. My best guess is that it is about 8-9 years old. It looks in great shape, but the manufacturer recommends replacing every six years or so.
Removing the bellows requires removal of the coupling, which is probably next to impossible without cutting it. A new coupling will require removing the shaft to make sure the coupling is true with the shaft. Removing the shaft requires dropping the rudder...
Has anyone done this with their PSC34? Any advice? Is it still necessary to remove the shaft if I use a flexible coupling like the Vetus Bullflex coupling? They're pricey, but dropping the rudder would be worse -
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1995 Pacific Seacraft 34