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Old 10-12-2015, 20:46   #1
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Saildrive layup

I've got a leak in my SD saildrive due to shaft wear from one of the seals. Only one though, I'm thinking something got stuck under there and scored the shaft.

Anyway, I'm in Fiji, going home (US) for Christmas. I'm planning to take the shaft and end cap with me. I'll be gone a month.

How should I seal the end to keep oil in it, or do I need to? It's only for a month, should enough oil film stay on in that time that so I can just tape some plastic over the end?

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Old 11-12-2015, 04:34   #2
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Re: Saildrive layup

Maybe a soft wooden plug to at least keep the salt air out.
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Re: Saildrive layup

You won't be keeping the drive filled with oil if you are taking the shaft out. I don't think you will have any problem with just taping some plastic over it. The remaining gears and bearings will have a film of oil on them. If you are really concerned, maybe give the insides a spray of Boeshield or Corrossion-X or other similar coating oil.


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