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prop shaft removal

I need to change the rubber gaitor on my water lubricated prop shaft,but am not sure how to remove the steel and rubber custion off this shaft?

Asked by: mike farmer  | 11.14am, Tuesday 1 November

WW says:

Depending on the shaft seal you have, they have different methods of attachment, though the principle is the same. Identification of the type of seal can be a challenge- feel free to email a picture to me at mark.langley@waterwaysworld.com and we might be able to help further.
Bear in mind that it is not always possible to change the shaft seal while the boat is in the water... often it is best done in a dry dock. Sometimes it is easy to employ an engineer to carry out the work. if they are experienced with this type of seal.

Mark Langley  | 8.29PM, Tuesday 1 November

If the tail shaft coupling on to the gearbox/thrust bearing/intermediate shaft is of the type that clamps on to the shaft; it will be possible to remove the coupling and push the tail shaft a bit through the stern gland. This will give enough room to replace the components that fit around the shaft without having to dock the boat. If however the coupling is not removable, the only way to remove the tail shaft will be to take the propeller off and draw the tail shaft out into the boat. This is NOT possible with the boat in the water and might need the engine lifting out of the way.

Rupert Smedley  | 9.23PM, Tuesday 1 November

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