Originally Posted by KemoSabe
Whatever needs fixed will be fixed. The plan is to disassemble at minimum. Then go from there, I found a local 1" SS shaft for 100$ in good shape. worse comes to worst; I might swap to PSS which is also found local for 100$ at local trading post. All these things depend on life left if any.
Im not going to put the boat back into the water unless its a happy boat.
Keep in mind that you really should fit and face the shaft (either yours if straightening is needed or the new one) to the coupling. Also keep in mind that straight to the eye and straight on a lathe with a gauge are totally different. Like others have said, rolling it on the ground will tell you. The shop where I bought my brand new shaft checked it and did a little minor straightening on it.
Now $100 for a PSS is super cheap
. Less than half price
. Doesn't seem right. I just put a PSS on my boat this year and it was $225 for the unit alone. Then I added an additional collar clamp for safety
for another $30. If you don't go with the PSS, don't miss the chance to change out the hose on the stuffing box. Cheap
materials (make sure you get stuffing box hose not exhaust
hose) and given the stress it was under and the estimated life of the hose you are far better changing it now.
Make sure you check out the Compass Marine how to articles
. The guy who owns the site puts a lot of info into each article. So even if you are not doing the exact project
he has you will likely find some really useful information.
I would bet the your strut is bolted on but the bottom has fairing compound to cover the area. So you would have to remove the fairing compound to remove the strut. After you either put the old strut back on or a new strut you would use fairing compound to smooth the area prior to bottom painting.
It's a good size job but not an end of the boat season one. With all of the parts
you could probably get it done in 2-4 days of work.
You might also want to consider adding a shaft line cutter
while you are at it. I have the Shaft Shark and I am reasonably happy with it. You never really know how well they work but I think mine has saved me twice all ready.