Getting the Leaky Transmission Fixed
When I recently topped off the transmission fluid (which I now do every day I spend on the boat) I noticed that the fluid was leaking at the rate of one drop every few seconds without the engine running. At that rate, I would very likely have a transmission failure during a weekend sailing trip. So, I can't put if off any longer--it must be fixed, even if it is the middle of sailing season on the Chesapeake Bay. (This also means that I will be postponing the purchase of our new rigid hull inflatable dinghy for a while, at least until we sort out how we are going to fix the transmission.)
|One drop every few seconds can lead to a big problem quickly. The bright red color |
under the transmission is an absorbent pad soaked with transmission fluid.
The absorbent pad was pure white 3 days before this picture was taken.
|By using a small camera, I was able to capture an image of the source of the leak--it is the rear shaft seal.|
Several Small Boat Projects For June
|We replaced the old plastic fitting with new stainless steel fittings. These two |
fittings are the bilge pump overboard discharge fittings--one for the primary bilge
pump and the other for the back up manual bilge pump.
|We also changed the discharge fitting for the shower sump pump to a stainless steel fitting. |
All the old plastic fitting were very brittle and snapped when any small amount of load was placed on them.
|This 3-inch diameter ventilation hose simply fell apart in handling during the fuel tank replacement |
earlier this year--it was 31 years old. We replaced this with brand new ventilation hose this past weekend.
|While I'm not exactly sure why the kill switch cable stays partially out (lately), I'm going |
to save some future replacement in some exotic port by replacing it now.
|While I was in a borrowed hard dinghy changing the bilge overboard discharge fittings, our |
boldest cat, Lizzie, was in the dinghy with me rubbing her cheeks against the dinghy's rub rail.
It has been a tough weekend of boat work but we are making progress of the list of June projects.