yep, the shark is out of the water again. The bellows developed a sinister 'knife blade' looking split and water went into the people tank.
So, a quick lift out by Richardsons onto a good friend's trailer (on loan after some stupid company in gosport decided to gas-axe mine up and ditch it - long story). So, I ordered the bits from good old £ancing Marine and started stripping the leg. The transom collar that supports the bellows has a hole 1 inch diameter in it at about 2 o' clock and some damage to the bottom as well, so it was worth stripping it out. I soaked the leg gears by wedging it with red diesel to get any water etc and on draining, the diesel looked quite good still. BUT, while taking it all apart I noticed a lot of corrosion on the lift rams, so I stripped them out.
When Richardsons re-built the transom completely for me earlier on this year, it was all tiddly and painted blue (2 part poly I think) and I thought all would be well. On removing the rams, I noted that they had been painted in situ, and because they have 'plastic' collars each end, are electrically isolated from the enormous mushroom anodes they fitted. Now, I note that the hoses are metal braided. Are they supposed to be the electrical path for corrosion protection?
More importantly, has anyone got a write off leg with a couple of rams they want to get rid of? Oh yeah and a transom bellows collar? Pleeeeese
I guess it is back to the yard.
Good news is how easy it is to take the leg off. Wish I had done it myself last time.
Any ideas folks?