I struggled to find somebody to weld the crack in the casing. One guy that tried started and another crack opened up alongside.
I decided to have a go with the JB Weld so I could use it over the weekend and take a chance, especially as there was going to be another boat with me. So, spent all Thursday evening grinding, cleaning, mixing, applying etc and was very pleased with the result. It went off rock hard, and the two bits of scrap alloy I glued together have taken a lot of serious abuse to separate again.
Then on Friday I had a call from the ever helpful MB Marine in Fareham to say they had a spare used bottom casting and gear set. So I spent all Saturday afternoon swapping my water pump and gearchange mechanism into the new casting and fitting it to the leg.
Had a great day out on the Solent yesterday.
Iíd like to know how the JB Weld would hold out, so may one day put the repaired leg on and try it close to shore with another boat about. The JB Weld will also now be a permanent addition to my toolbox.
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