Boat Yard Update

It’s been a week since we hauled out at Seaview West. The boat is on stands, the port prop shaft is “in the shop”. The bottom is painted and looking great. New house and start batteries are on the way.

mv Archimedes on the hard at Seaview West

mv Archimedes on the hard at Seaview West 2

The shiny clean starboard shaft and propeller. And fresh bottom paint.

mv Archimedes Seaview West shiny starboard shaft

The port shaft is out for straightening. Hopefully, this is the source of the vibration we’ve been feeling. Not a horrible vibration, but this is the time to resolve it. We are also having the drive savers removed at the urging of the boatyard folks.

mv Archimedes Seaview West no port shaft

If we are lucky, we’ll have the boat back this coming weekend. Then we can start on painting, varnishing, spring cleaning, and all the other stuff that needs to be done.

A special thank you to Sure Marine. Not only were they kind enough to fix our deck freezer, they delivered it to Seaview West for us!

Sunday morning was so nice, it was time to bust out the kayaks for a tour of Liberty Bay.

mv Archimedes Kim and her kayak

5 thoughts on “Boat Yard Update

  1. Because of some wearing on my old bronze shaft (1974 gb), I replaced it with a new stainless one some years ago. I also removed a drive saver. I notice you zinc your shaft. My boat has only a well bonded shaft wiper inside the bilge, and seems to protect it well, and has for years.
    l hope you are going to the rendezvous, and we can compare notes.

    Don Knipe
    Reef Raider

    • Hi Don. Turns out we are getting a shiny new stainless shaft. Talked to Roland at Seaview West today. Our old bronze shaft needs to be replaced. I asked if it made sense to replace both shafts, but Roland advised against it at this point. I am all for not spending the money if we don’t need to. We also have shaft wipers in the bilge. We are indeed going to the rendezvous. We’ll see you there!

    • A Drive Saver is a plastic disk that bolts between the drive shaft and the transmission. Here’s a link to what they look like. The advertised benefit is to absorb shock and prevent electrolysis. As always, there are those in favor and those opposed. They may induce vibration. There have been reported failures. Seaview tells me they strongly encourage removal when they see them. I don’t know enough about them to say one way or the other. We’ll follow their recommendation for now. They are not difficult to put back in.

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