Thanks to long time Woody Boater Brian Toye for sending in this report from the mean streets of Woodyboaterville! And a chance meeting with a Mercedes SUV. What could go wrong? YIKES!
For our Lake Oswego Boat Show last August, we have to have the boats cleaned prior to being allowed onto Oswego Lake. So the weekend before the show, I was en route to have the boat cleaned and while at a stoplight, the youngster behind me reached for a twenty dollar bill and managed to creep into the rudder assembly of Zoomer.
Not a good day. But I did get insurance money and she was still able to float for the show, even with the bilge pump working overtime.
I REALLY did not want to tackle the task of removing the petrol tank, and the rudder assembly. So I put it off until the first nice sunny day about two months ago…
What the hell have I done now…
It came apart really easy.
The rudder and shaft, and the prop shaft strut went into the shop for repairs. After only $325 I had straight strut and sadly, a completely new rudder and shaft assembly…
I REALLY did not want to put everything back together but I just started and it became “too late to turn back now”. Everything went back together with much sweat and work…with the only thing being off was that whoever put the rudder shaft into the boat years ago managed to NOT get the top part of the shaft into the top bearing. We were lucky all of theses years that nothing bad happened.
With everything installed and sealed up, the next weekend her butt went into the water to adjust the stuffing box and to check for leaks. None found and all was well.
Cannot wait for a nice day to do a real water test, as the shop told me that with the now straight strut, there should be much less vibration. I figured the vibration all of these years was just due to having a 225 hp V8 in her!
I know for most this was no damn big deal…but for me it was a major event to muster up the confidence to just do the job and do it right.