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Old 12-11-2011, 20:29   #1
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Electrical Corrosion on Prop Shaft

Hi, my boat is suffering from an electrical corrosion problem. So far it is not clear whether it is caused by some wiring on the boat or by stray currents inside my marina berth.
Pulling the prop shaft and replacing the cutlass bearing next week.
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Old 12-11-2011, 21:16   #2
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Re: electrical corrosion on prop shaft

I just replaced my shaft after finding it eaten about halfway through. My prop was fine. Someone else on here had a boat with about as much time in the water between haulouts as mine and his prop was eaten, but his shaft was good. It was suggested that if the current is from inside the boat, the shaft will be attacked and if the current is from the water the prop will be attacked. Personally, I don't understand why there would be a difference.
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Re: electrical corrosion on prop shaft

Caused by a bare wire on a bilge pump-

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Old 12-11-2011, 23:08   #4
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Re: electrical corrosion on prop shaft

You need to give your electrical system a good going through.
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