Stop­ping the drip

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin - HOB­BY­HORSE, TONY REPLIES… CB

Is there any way of main­tain­ing Ve­tus stern gear? Mine has just started to leak very slightly af­ter a day’s run­ning and it does not ap­pear to have the con­ven­tional ar­range­ment for pack­ing the gland. Will I have to take the boat out of the wa­ter?

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QFirst make sure the shaft is not bent and that the shaft to en­gine align­ment has not al­tered. If the en­gine has dropped on its mounts, the seal may well leak.

Have a look at ve­­u­als_55.

Aweb­site php and se­lect the man­ual for your ac­tual stern gear; you need to click on the black bold model num­bers shown to­wards the bot­tom of the im­ages of pages. If you do not know the model num­ber you can get an idea from any of the mod­els with smaller (25+) model num­bers.

Ve­tus de­scribe the main­te­nance re­quired ev­ery so many hours. The one I looked at was ev­ery 200

hours with the boat out of the wa­ter. This in­volves re­mov­ing the seal, clean­ing and re-lu­bri­cat­ing the shaft. It also shows how you squeeze spe­cial grease down a screw hole ev­ery so of­ten. It is also pos­si­ble to re­place just the seal part, but to do that the shaft cou­pling would have to come off and steps taken to pro­tect the seal from any sharp edges and burrs on the shaft when you slide the new seal into po­si­tion. I have heard of peo­ple chang­ing the seal with the boat afloat but I would not be happy to do so the first time.

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