Hoping for some advice on how to proceed.
Long story short, I purchased a 1977 custom built 28’ sailboat this spring. I had the boat
hauled last week to investigate some vibration in the drivetrain. The mechanic
advised that the cutlass bearing was shot and the motor
mounts were “questionable”. Being that fall haul out
is rapidly approaching, I had the cutlass bearing replaced and decided to have a second look at the mounts once on then hard for the winter.
After the boat
was relaunched, I noticed seepage of water
around what appears to be where the prop strut attaches to the hull
(see photo). When I asked the mechanic
about this, he sent the other attached photo
of the exterior of the hull
, indicating that he noticed cracks in the strut mounting prior to commencing his repair. It isn’t sitting right with me that I wasn’t informed of this as part of his estimate - Obviously a bearing replacement alone isn’t going to solve the issue if the strut is not bed
My questions are as follows:
Is it possible that the mechanic caused this damage as part of removing the old cutlass bearing? Or more likely that the seller of the boat hid this damage with bottom paint
? How to best handle the conversation with the mechanic?
Is it a poor decision to continue using the boat for the last month of the season at low RPM
damage, additional vibration etc? I covered the leaks
in some epoxy
putty until a decision has been made, although there is still some seepage. I am not doing any long distance voyaging, mostly off the dock
Best course of action to remedy in the off season and cost? I’m fairly handy - My thought was to grind out a bit, both inside and out, around the strut mount and fill with 5200/cover with epoxy
. Then hire a (likely different) mechanic to potentially replace motor
mounts and align the westerbeke
Thank you for your help!