The PSS shaft seal
on my boat was installed 14 years ago. I can't find any record
of the bellows being replaced and I feel pretty confident in guessing that it has not been replaced at all. The seal is, however, completely water
tight. But I've heard a whole lot about the catastrophic types of failure that are possible with a dripless seal.
With the hopes of tempting fate as little as possible, I'm looking into replacing the bellows. But, I'm looking for some other opinions. I read in another thread that people have replaced the entire seal with the boat in the water
, even though the manufacturer suggests against it.
Is it wise to try to replace the bellows in the water? If it is do-able, does anyone have any advice or tricks that could make the job easier and more safe? My shaft seal
is fairly easy to get to. I swear I'm not a cheap-skate... I just don't know if I can do the haul out
any time soon.