Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow Thruster stuck


I did follow David's directions for disassembling the bowthruster and removed the motor with the drive shaft attached. The machine shop here used a 100 ton hydraulic press to remove the splined fitting from the end of the drive shaft where the fitting was just held by corrosion. No amount of tugging was going to work! The drive shaft is ordinary steel and although the bulk of it is immersed in oil, the upper couple of inches are exposed to both air and splashed sea water that makes it's way past the foam rubber seals. I would recommend using anti-seize compound on this joint when performing the regular two year service of the bowthruster.

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