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Time 2 Play Posted - Sep 08 2009 : 15:25:46
I have a 97' 3075 Rouge and this past weekend the packing around the propellar shaft failed! I bought this boat a few months ago so i don't know the history of it, but here is what I found. The water that is supplied to the dripless assembly had a blockage at the "oil cooler". For some reason silicon chaulk was used when it was put together, thus only allowing a small amount of water to pass through. Then this weekend I must have picked up some trash and finally blocked of the remaining water flow. Needless to say it toasted my packing and was leaking water like a sieve. I was able to get the boat out of the water and make repairs. Since I had the boat out I did check the other "oil cooler" and found the same thing. I looks like the chaulk was used instead of teflon tape on the threads, don't know if the previous owner had done this and I would hope Cruisers didn't. Anyone else come across this?
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Gregory S Posted - Sep 09 2009 : 08:52:52
I'd stay away from dripless. I would have your shafts re-packed with GFO packing and nothing else. It's pretty much dripless and doesn't require adjustment very often.
Time 2 Play Posted - Sep 09 2009 : 08:11:37
Thanks for the responses guys. I am sure you are correct that they are not dripless units, I am guessing that these are the original to the boat. When I called Cruisers to confirm what packing to use, I was advised to use 1/4". I will be changing both of them for true dripless seals this coming winter. It's just to difficult to work on these and really need something that is easier to maintain. What that, what would you guys suggest? I am not up to speed on the quality of shaft seals. Thanks again!
abalmuth Posted - Sep 09 2009 : 07:41:56
I agree with Gregory, something amiss

If their PPS/PYI brand you might want to look here:
http://www.shaftseal.com/about/installation_instructions

If their tides marine brand look here:
http://www.tidesmarine.com/kbindex.php
Gregory S Posted - Sep 08 2009 : 21:29:05
There shouldn't be any packing in a dripless shaft seal system. Something doesn't make sense here.

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