Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Modified SM Prop Shaft Seal Bush
I think someone else posted that Amel had been experimenting with stainless WOBs but had not had enough time yet to evaluate them.
I've made a couple of posts on the experimental stainless WOB that Amel Iinadvertantly?) sent me. You can search for the posts including responses. I finally put the WOB on about a year ago in Marmaris, Turkey (August, 2016) and will probably run it until I detect water in the reservoir.
These are excerpts from 2 previous postings I made on this. THE PICS ARE A WOB AS RECEIVED FROM AMEL!
In March, 2014 I ordered and received FROM AMEL a bronze wearing out
bearing that had a sort of Speedi-Seal stainless/inox facing on the
surface that the seals go over. I have posted detailed pics at Dropbox
LATERMystery solved! I just got off the phone with Maud (ordering new parts including an additional spare for my spare prop WOB (I admit it, like lots of us I carry 2 spares of certain items).
I asked her about the unusual WOB that I had received more than a year ago and described it (bronze with stainless or chromed steel face). She explained to me that it was a "test" from Amel to see if it would prolong the life of the part. She said that several were sent out for this purpose and asked me how it was doing. I have not installed it but promised I would report back. Here, again are pics of the part Amel Test WOB (4 photos) Bob Rossi SM 429 KAIMI
Like many of us I ordered the WOB after I installed one and then waited 2 years... I finally installed the Amel stainless WOB a year ago in Marmaris around 8/2016. I have not heard of another owner receiving the test WOB but there was a posting regarding Amels testing of these with a note that not enough time had elapsed to reach a conclusion.