Glad you sorted the fuel issue.
Cutlass Bearing: Highly recommend replacing the cutlass bearing. Hull
153 is a Morse Cod bearing, if that helps, but no guarantee. Passed a surveyors inspection
, but on removal
Stern Tube: I'd do a good inspection
around stern tube, while you are at the hull
. I believe the tube is not part of the layup
in the mold
when the hull is made, but is glassed in place after. Heat can affect it, but that was probably not the case, since the issue was tracked to fuel, and sitting in water would mitigate if there were, and water was getting to the bearing.
Tool: If needed reply back, and I'll dig out pics of a tool to pop couplers off shafts, and I'll work on figuring how to post the pic. Usually, they pound the shaft out with a shaft removal tool with the coupler still attached to the transmission, but with the coupler set screws and/or pins removed. If this is contraindicated, the coupler can be removed after being unbolted from the transmission with a tool that I'm sure you could cobble together locally.
: Sorry to hear about your blisters
. The hull was manufactured before they were starting to get a handle on osmosis
issues. Once the yard understood blistering, they started applying an epoxy
barrier coat. If you were one of the lucky boats it was checked a year in, and the barrier coat blisters were found due the improper prep, and the hull was properly addressed. Grinding, sandblasting or peeling. Good luck. We ground, and faired with epoxy
putty after exposing everything, and then did 5 coats barrier epoxy. With newer materials now 3 coats will do.
: I'd make sure all of the keel
gets addressed, whatever it may need. During boat bottom work the tendency with big boats is to not pay enough attention, because it's a nuisance being so low to the ground, and requires lifts to move blocks, etc.
Rudder/Stock-Hull penetration/Bearing: While you are out of the water, I'd also recommend taking a good look at the rudder
, and how easily it does or does not move all the way to port, and starboard, and take a close look where the rudder
stock enters the hull, and look for any binding. I'd take an air hose & blow out the hinge bearings(pintles/gudgeons) too.
Tank: Thanks for the tank pictures. I thought you were going with Al.
Can you share tankage, dimensions, and/or part number?
Good Luck on all your projects. What yard are you in?