Shaft could come all the way out if thats what I had to do
looks like this one
a two inch hole a foot below the water line lets in aprox 79 gallons a minute.
The shaft is 3/4 inch, the hole cannot be more then 1 inch. So im left with the possibilty of 40 gallons/ a minute Not quite a gallon a second. And even if we pull the shaft all the way and install a plug
it should take less then 10 seconds to install the plug.
I have a 2000 gallon/hr auto pump and a 1000 hr auto pump and the cockpit
mounted manual pump if it came to that. The 2000 alone should pump 25 gallons a minute (claimed is 33 g/m)
I like the wax ring idea, as the shaft went out I could pack the hole from the top with the wax ring and then have him still plug it with a rubber plug from the bottom. then when the shaft went back in it would dump all the wax in my lap
The diver service
is free, hes a good friend of mine. Problay cost me a beer
or two and lunch when we are done.
Im kind of low on options at this point, the stuffing box is leaking close to a gallon an hour with the engine
off , im afarid to torque on the box due to the condition of the hose and clamps. The boat is 75 miles from my house, the closest marina that could haul me (due to draft
, without geting creative with weight on the boom and an airbag under the keel) is 37 miles farther from home.