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Old 07 September 2016, 11:36   #11
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Exactly as samt says.. Fishing line possibly in the seal. Clean seal out without taking it out
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Old 07 September 2016, 11:47   #12
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Guys, could this be the problem ?

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Old 07 September 2016, 11:52   #13
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Doesn't look like fishing line as it's flat, but it's something !
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Old 07 September 2016, 12:15   #14
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That is exactly where the fishing braid was stuck to my Mariner Duggie. Does it feel stiff enough to have damaged the seal or is it soft seaweed ? Has some gone under the seal ?

When it happened to mine..I could some oil seep from the seal ..so I knew it was gone. I ran it while I waited a new seal to arrive ..which was a couple of weeks.. and just kept a close eye on the oil levels..I had no further issues after replacing the seal. Im no mechanic..but it was obvious how to get the seal out the Mariner..so its not a difficult job.

I would remove all the stuff round the shaft.. then refill gear box with oil and run it a couple of times..keeping a close eye on levels etc. Obviously if the oil runs out because the seal is badly damaged..I wouldn’t use it.

However Im no expert.. only telling my experience ..so perhaps someone else can offer better advice.

You PM box is full cos I tried to reply to your trip PM and got a note saying its full.
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Cheers donny

It's quite soft and there wasn't too much of it but it did get under the seal

I think I'll just use the 4 stroke meantime and get a new seal sorted. This tohatsu was hard to get hold of so I want to keep it tip top!

I don't know about these things but I'm surprised how easily that happened, thought they would be made seaweed/fishing line proof!

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>>>surprised how easily that happened, thought they would be made seaweed/fishing line proof!

It's just a chance thing... never had it with any of the ten outboards owned over the last decade... but next week who knows...

The Gurnards advice is sound so unless the seal shows signs of damage it's 99% likely to be OK.... but I know you cherish this motor so understand the caution.
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Yup..its just yer luck..only happened once to me ..in my life time too. Hope its more than just a jelly fish tentacle..but if it got under the seal..that should be the problem

The PM ..It was just chit chat on where to camp at Knoydart as I saw your post on the walking forum. I camp here and no one has bothered me at this location..but I may just be lucky. Enjoy the visit when you go..its a magic place.. Im heading off adventuring tomorrow so will be out of circulation for a week or so too. Its to be a wild weekend by the looks of the forecast...so I will stay close to shore

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Old 07 September 2016, 12:59   #18
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Ach I just decided to re fill the oil and not bother with the seal. Will keep a close eye on it!

Thanks for all th advice again guys, it's much appreciated

Re knoydart,yeah the chap from the estate wasn't best pleased, saying I was spoiling the area (while he was flying his drone about all over the place !). I'm going to keep camping there but I'll take the boat in to the far west side of the bay rather than over by the land rover track.
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pressure test the gearbox and you'll know for sure.

i have had a gearbox fail before with water in it as the seal failed...£££££££ atleast you caught this one though.
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Is that a job for a dealer?
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