Originally Posted by bratzcpa
thank you for everyone for your comments. You guys are awesome.
so, let me clarify a couple of things:
First, the boat is on the hard
right now. She's sitting on stands. We'll be heading down (we are Montana) to where she is stored in Florida
, spending a couple of days provisioning
and doing some "stuff" before putting in the water
and heading offshore
(Bahamas) for two months.
Different Story being on the hard
1. How is the cutlass bearing? Lift
up and down at the prop, does it have movement?
2. I would probably take this time to do it right and not worry about it later. Pull the shaft, clean it up, clean up and remove the packing. Take it all to at least a machine shop to be blasted. Replace the hose and the clamps, and either put the old clean coupling back on, or have it fit and faced by a prop or good machine shop that knows how to do it.
Removing the coupling could be another issue, but I have found that PB Blaster, TIME and patience win all battles and I have had a few.
3. Decide if you want to replace with PSS, I wont argue for or against only to say both methodologies have faired well that I have installed and both have failed in the real world primarily because of lack of maintenance
or poor installation
. The newer packing materials negate the need for the corrosion
(lubrication) drip, but require more attention.
At the very least, replace your packing and your clamps and check the hose carefully. Use a dental pick and make sure to get all the old packing out before stuffing in the new.