After a unsuccessful attempt to repair the drive shaft and packing gland assembly, I decided to cure the problem and do it as the gods intended it to be done. I received lots of good input from members which I found gave me the confidence to proceed. Thanks to you members who wrote, called and texted. It just confirmed to me again, the quality of members we have in this group.

So in a nutshell. The problem was the collapse of the 1/8'' shaft logs which made attaching a packing gland  impossible.

The solution: Take the boat out of the water, and remove the shaft and prop from the boat and cut off the factory hump. Next grind away a area to prepare for the new fiberglass. Order from Fisherman Supply a piece of shaft log 3 ft. long. Insert new log around shaft, making sure their is even space to allow for clearance.

Position log in place in the 2 x 7 inch hole cut in the bottom. apply several layers of fiberglass to rebuild the bottom and make sure the shaft log is secure.

Reassemble, install packing glands, paint all of the new fiberglass top and bottom.

This is a condensed version, but really it was a relatively straight forward repair. 

I am back in the water with a few hours on the repair and dry as a bone!

Hope the photo's help fill in the blanks, if you are looking at a similar repair.

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Phil, I went through some of the same problems, I used the Walter shaft couplings and found the extended length made it impossible to replace the packing.  The coupling hose was original so we replaced it and cut the logs' length enough to allow access to packing.  Between the length of the log end and the inner portion about 1" was gained.  We used the same clamps as you, they are much more robust than the screw clamps that were original.  FWIW the original set-up was one screw clamp on each end of the hose and the boat is still afloat.

Thanks for the story line and details, especially the details/pictures this makes it so much easier to understand. 


Great job! Cutting a big hole into your hull like that can seem daunting and stressful! You executed it beautifully.

And imagine all the money you saved by not having a yard do it!

To show the condition of the shaft log before repair decision. 

Nice job !!   But... it is covered with salt spray.  Make a spray cover to keep the metal  corroding.

Good Tip David, however it is not salt as I am in North Texas 300 miles from any brine. It is however "construction dust" from fiberglass grinding. In the process of cleaning it up. Fiberglass dust is very tough to get rid of.

David DiSesa said:

Nice job !!   But... it is covered with salt spray.  Make a spray cover to keep the metal  corroding.

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