Boat Maintenance in New Orleans

Finally….I mean finally we are done with the maintenance on the boat!  We had the boat hauled out of the water and hung in the slings over night so Bryce could replace the dripless seal on the prop shaft.  I am always amazed with his ability to repair everything that needs to be done.  After over 2000 miles oil needed to be changed (again, once in Memphis) of course many other things. Enough of that stuff. We have meet some really great people here at SeaBrook Marina. I can’t believe it’s getting the Holiday seasons already. Where has the time gone.


Ron and Karen getting ready to leave SeaBrook they are headed to Texas for Christmas with their family.


Bye…..Have a great Holiday You three….


Look Santa Clause is traveling with Ron and Karen.


We had to get a few tools in case he needed them to help remove the dripless seal. First was a puller and a cutter just in case. I said Happy early Christmas. Should I wrap your gifts…LOL just joking.


Beauty is out of the water!! Boy she looks really good too.


The crew here put a ladder up so we could get up and down. It’s 3 p.m, we will be sleeping in the sling tonight.


We were able to see the underneath of the jet-ski lift.  We also inspected our rudder, prop, shaft and cutlass bearing.  Everything survived the trip down the Mississippi without incident.


So the work begins. Bryce used his new puller to help get the coupling off.  It really worked.  The dripless seal has survived over 20 years with no maintenance by us.  And we have put 25000 miles on this seal.  So I guess that is quite good!  The muddy Mississippi made kind of a mess where the seal leaked.


I know you can’t tell but the coupler is moving….


OM…..He is actually reading the instructions. 


It’s off. Time to clean up the shaft and put new seal/bearing on.


This is amazing; he is done and it only took 3 hours. Most of the time was spent just getting off the old parts.


At 7:30 a.m.  The guys were here to put Beauty back into the water.


Bryce gave Beauty a quick Mississippi smile bath before they put us in.


We meant Dave our first night here. He is a great guy. You can see his sailboat behind them.  Its a 52 foot Jeanneau. Dave owns his own company building enclosures and repairing interior on boats. He is planning on heading to Puerto Rico to sort out his business down there.


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