Assistance requested: ANNAPOLIS AREA (servicing prop shaft wear bearing & seals)


Hi all,

Many thanks from the AMEL community, some seen and heard, the rest felt, for your support in this 'learning experience'.

To those directly involved in support and solutioneering, even those on the periphery, MANY thanks.

Without going into the gory details, a wearing-out bushing and fresh lip-seals have been installed in strict accordance with the AMEL guidelines, the prop is back on, and we splash tomorrow morning for a toodle around the bay (not too far from shore) to test things out.

BTW, I did not use the speedi-sleeves - they are being held up my sleeve (a-hem) for another day . . .

But the part numbers on the SKF box of the replacement LIP SEALs, for anyone who may find themselves in a similar unfortunate predicament: Bar Code: 7 31 6572 0342 24 | nt 1QAJ 300M 2SC2 | 45X65X8 HMSA10 RG | (in big numbers, so perhaps these are the important ones) 692505.

I have the new genuine prop-service kits on order with AMEL, and will pick them up when next back home for further action as soon as reasonably practicable.  I didn't get to start on the bottom job as planned, nor servicing the bow-thruster this time out either, so Perigee will need to be hauled out again in the not too distant future to attend to these things.  Ah well, the best laid plans . . .

Cheers for now.



I was able to remove the new seals easily with gentle and judicious means, and have cleaned up all surfaces to remove any proud bits, and in general -
cleaned up the prop shaft as per guidance (light emery paper, shoe-shine style, to remove build-up and scoring), and the internal bore of the pressing fitting (within which the prop shaft sits).

I also made a v.light emery on the inside bore of the NEW wearing-out bushing (the one that would not fit on the prop shaft).

The new bushing can now be 'wound' onto the prop shaft using hand force only (albeit with no O-ring fitted). The new (SKF) lip-seals fit comfortably on the (new) bushing, and seem to be able to be fit nicely inside the bore.   So, hopefully, I will not need to resort to re-using the old wear-bearing with speedi-sleeves.

Today: lube-up and re-fit the new lip-seals and wear-bushing, and then put prop back on. 

Note to self: in a warm glow of self-accomplishment (and hopefully with help from Vladamir), don't forget the oil (80W-90) for the C-Drive !!!


Hi all,

Is there anyone nearby to ANNAPOLIS willing and available to help me with refitting the lip-seals and wearing-out bearing for the prop shaft.

Things have gone far less smoothly than expected and, as the new lip-seals were inserted back-to-front, the job has to be started again from scratch.  Just having someone on-hand who has successfully done it before and is willing to impart a few tricks'n'tips, would be a great and welcome re-assurance.

Thanks if you can help.

  SV PERIGEE, SM#396, in the hard
    Jabin's Yacht Yard, Annapolis