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Old 06-08-2018, 10:28 PM  
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Best of luck, and very sorry for the problems with an otherwise great boat. For what it is worth, Delfin is also 55', her shaft is around 8 feet long, the longest unsupported run is 4 feet, and is 2 1/2" in diameter. The gear is 3.8:1, so at our normal cruising rpm of 1400, her 44" wheel is turning pretty slowly. Just using that as a comparison, a 2" shaft of that length seems a bit noodle like, at least to me. Is Monel stiffer than 316 stainless and if so, is that an option?
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