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Old 04-17-2014, 08:14 PM   #21
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here is an example of a spray box with removable clear plastic top. The box has fore and aft drains to a shower sump with overboard pump so no salt gets to machinery in bilge.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:25 PM   #22
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From your pictures it looks like the gen set and it's pan will cover your shaft seal. How will you get to it! With no easy access you could have a real problem on your hands.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:55 PM   #23
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From your pictures it looks like the gen set and it's pan will cover your shaft seal. How will you get to it! With no easy access you could have a real problem on your hands.
That's true, it does look that way, but the conventional method of accessing the shaft seal is by laying over the main engine just forward. The photo is taken through a new hatch that was never there before. Access to that area from that angle never existed. With the genset in place and level (I've had it in and out of there a dozen times), shaft seal access is still possible by laying over the genset or main engine.

These are all great perspectives, guys. Now that I know that Hopcar carries these special hi-dollar galvanic isolator/insulator sheets, I can also expect personal delivery from Parks, even if he has to stop by the local dollar store to pick them up.

Building a spray box is surely the way to go. I tried to change-out the PSS seal for a Tides Marine seal last time I had the boat pulled, but we couldn't get it to stop leaking. Tides Marine said the inner spring on the lip seal must have been missing when installed and offered to replace the PSS at no charge when I pull the boat next time. I'll also have a remote camera pointed at the seal and front of the genset to observe.
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"...even if he has to stop by the local dollar store to pick them up."
You're scareing me Larry. That's exactly what I was thinking after reading Spy's post.
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offered to replace the PSS at no charge when I pull the boat next time.

Replace it with Duramax or any similar modern shaft seal, and dont worry about sinking .
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A cover can be had by using half or part of an old fender and cutting the ear on the end off and splitting the body so it can be opened and installed over the stuffing box. Leave enough so the ear end covers the shaft an inch or two. Use a worm gear clamp to secure in place.
The spray/mist will collect inside and drop in the bilge..
Not as elegant as the box but easy and it works.
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Hey, great idea, C.
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