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Old 06-04-2013, 05:45 PM
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water leak/drive shaft seal

I just got the ps197 on the water for the first time last weekend and have developed a sizable water leak. It will fill with about 3" of water in an hour when just sitting still. Can the drive shaft seal leak even if the boat is not running? I have not pulled the rear floor up yet to investigate. Its an '02 and I don't think the packing has ever been replaced
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:55 PM
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Time for a packing job. Yes it can leak while not running and will typically leak more under power.

Contact skidim for the packing.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:27 PM
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not necessarily time to replace the packing. Simply adjust what you have (search is your friend), and see if the problem goes away.

Actually, the first step is "find out what's leaking". It'd suck to re-do the packing, and find out the water is coming in around the exhaust pipe flanges, or through the rudder.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:36 PM
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Our boat has 411 hours on it. Our packing was dripping a bit too much. We had it adjusted and were told it likely had never been touched and that we had a LONG way to tighten this packing further, so you may just need to adjust.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:54 AM
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That's a lot of water in an hour. Time to verify where the water is coming from. If this is a "new to you" boat start looking at all the hoses on the engine and any through hull fittings. Time to pull up that floor and look around.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by 32offer View Post
.....when just sitting still.......the boat is not running.....
If it is leaking sitting still with the engine off then I would put the plugs in and put some water in the bilge (on the trailer) and start looking for leaks at all thru hull connections and around the plugs. At least that is where I would start......
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