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    I own a 2001 Carrera 202XR. This past weekend as I was heading up river the boat started getting really sluggish and acted like it was missing. I stopped, opened my engine hatch and the bilge was full of water. I kicked on my bilge pump and headed back to the launch ramp. By the time l got my truck to the ramp the water had stopped pumping out, the bilge was nearly dry.

    After further investigation it appears that the rope seal around the shaft is leaking. It was suggested that I tighten the two bolts that are on either side of the shaft. I'm just wondering if l should be getting them as tight as possible? Will it damage the seal? Is it possible to make them to tight?

    I really don't want to cause more damage. The pump was rebuilt about two years ago.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrymac View Post
    I own a 2001 Carrera 202XR. This past weekend as I was heading up river the boat started getting really sluggish and acted like it was missing. I stopped, opened my engine hatch and the bilge was full of water. I kicked on my bilge pump and headed back to the launch ramp. By the time l got my truck to the ramp the water had stopped pumping out, the bilge was nearly dry.

    After further investigation it appears that the rope seal around the shaft is leaking. It was suggested that I tighten the two bolts that are on either side of the shaft. I'm just wondering if l should be getting them as tight as possible? Will it damage the seal? Is it possible to make them to tight?

    I really don't want to cause more damage. The pump was rebuilt about two years ago.

    Thanks in advance.
    Next time you go to the water , leave the boat on the trailer hooked up, fire the engine and with a 9/19 tighten the packing nuts evenly on both sides until the water stops dripping from the packing area . If you have to tighten the glands and they bottom out you are going to have remove the old packing and install new. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg shoemaker View Post
    Next time you go to the water , leave the boat on the trailer hooked up, fire the engine and with a 9/19 tighten the packing nuts evenly on both sides until the water stops dripping from the packing area . If you have to tighten the glands and they bottom out you are going to have remove the old packing and install new. Good Luck
    I failed to mention that it will only leak when I am under way. Sitting on the trailer with the motor running no water is coming into the bilge, none that l can see anyway. I got in the engine bay and with a buddy driving at a speed considerably faster than idle l saw the water coming in from under the shaft.

    I assume the pump will need to be pulled to replace the packing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrymac View Post
    I failed to mention that it will only leak when I am under way. Sitting on the trailer with the motor running no water is coming into the bilge, none that l can see anyway. I got in the engine bay and with a buddy driving at a speed considerably faster than idle l saw the water coming in from under the shaft.

    I assume the pump will need to be pulled to replace the packing?
    Barry you couldn't create the right pressure, flow or water volume to duplicate the condition on the trailer or on a garden hose , like Greg suggested adjust the packing gland ears to see if it stems the flow to a tiny drip while setting in the water or at anchor, while under way a very slight mist or measured leak from the shaft seal is acceptable, an atmosphere leak (at the shaft can also cause the "sluggish performance" you described as well Tom

    ps its awkward but the packing seal (depending on type) can be replaced on the trailer with out pump removal

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    Thanks to you both. I'll back at the river in a couple weeks and will give it a shot. I'll take pics too, just in case l need to replace the packing.

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    Well tightening the packing didn't work. I took the boat of the trailer and at idle I was getting a drop about every 5 seconds, running at about 3,000 rpm it was a steady stream. I started tightening the packing nuts 1/4 turn at a time and kept getting the same results. The last time l turned them l got a lot of smoke. My guess is the rope seal is done?

    Here's a pic of where the seal is. Can it be replaced without pulling the pump? My pump is a mess, l grease the zerk about every third trip and it flings it everywhere. It's the end of the season, at the beginning it shines like a diamond ring. LOL

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    Tom, if l can do the work myself pm me a part number and price and I'll get one ordered from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrymac View Post
    Well tightening the packing didn't work. I took the boat of the trailer and at idle I was getting a drop about every 5 seconds, running at about 3,000 rpm it was a steady stream. I started tightening the packing nuts 1/4 turn at a time and kept getting the same results. The last time l turned them l got a lot of smoke. My guess is the rope seal is done?

    Here's a pic of where the seal is. Can it be replaced without pulling the pump? My pump is a mess, l grease the zerk about every third trip and it flings it everywhere. It's the end of the season, at the beginning it shines like a diamond ring. LOL

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    Tom, if l can do the work myself pm me a part number and price and I'll get one ordered from you.
    Call me , packings are on your door step in one day, Tom

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    You might also want to purchase a packing removal tool.

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    My favorite packing removal tool is a drywall screw

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