Snagged a submerged crab trap line today it wrapped itself around the prop shaft and stalled us. I had to jump in in 49 degree water in nasty waves to cut it free. After cuting away the line I noticed the external seal around the on the back of the shaft was gone and there was a mangled hose clamp. How critical is this seal? Isnt the cutlass bearing stuffing box exposed to the water anyway? here is a pic of a similar boat and this is near the same looking seal as what was damaged. I did not see any water entering the boat via the stuffing box after when we were running it in.
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