Assuming that the engine
has been removed but the propeller
shaft is still installed - the boat needs to be hauled from the water
- - Remove the transmission
flange from the end of the propeller
shaft and unscrew the stuffing box tightening nut. Slide the propeller shaft and propeller out of the boat.
- - Two choices now. 1. Remove the stuffing box from the shaft log or 2. leave the stuffing box in place and insert a small length of stainless rod the same diameter as the propeller shaft into the stuffing box and tighten the packing nut as much as possible.
- - Outside there are also two choices. 1. Remove the gelcoat
from around the shaft log and then use epoxy
or polyester with fiberglass
cloth to make a cover over the shaft log exit. Use several layers. 2. Remove the cutlass bearing from the shaftlog and then insert a wooden or plastic rod or a PVC pipe end cap (with an O.D. the same as the I.D. of the shaft log. Epoxy
or use T-5200 caulk to seal it into the shaft log. Optional would be to apply a few thin layers of fiberglass
cloth over the shaft log to fare the area for better water
flow and protect the shaft log from sea growth (barnacles).
- - These suggestions are aimed at keeping the original structure of the shaft log intact so that in the future, you or some other owner could re-install an inboard engine
if they so desire.