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Really detailed info here. 10alig&stearngear
reading that information, i now feel much less comfortable with the idea of an inboard motor.

"if the hose fails, you sink"

mine would need rebilt if i were to go the inboard route but, i now think i will seal the tunnel and go for an outboard. one less hole in the hull to worry about.
 

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Actually, depending on the size hose you need, Buck may be the only game in town. The hose is expensive, but it's really nice stuff. Hamilton Marine sells it. Take good measurements with a caliper, and measure both the stuffing box (the brass/bronze thing in the picture) and the shaft log to make sure a) they are the same size, and b) what size you actually need. I just went through this process earlier this year, and the several-week tale is in my blog if you're interested.

BTW, there ARE less expensive hoses that are being used all the time to replace this hose. And not too many vessels sink. But I don't think I'd want $5-15 being the thing that caused my boat to sink. If you can't get the right size hose, then that's another story. But measure carefully and you'll probably be fine.
most decidedly. kind of want to avoid the whole sinking thing all together, regardless of the cost of the think that caused it!
 
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