3054Re: [campernicholson] Stern Tube Cooling
- Jul 5, 2005Al
This fitting is part of the original installation, I quote from the Nich 35
Owners Handbook "The shaft itself is water lubricated by water coming from
the cooling system, so if the salt water system is dismantled for any
reason, do not forget to turn off the the small stopcock just above the
I agree with you that it doesn't seem necessary. However, Nicholson are (or
were) a class builder so it probably represents the best of yacht design at
the time. There is always a risk of under lubrication on the inboard
bearing so this was probably added as a precaution, also there is a small
split pin facility to 'lock' the shaft when sailing, yet this is small
enough to shear if one forgets to remove it. These (I think) are all signs
of a superior and thoughtful yacht designer - but we Nich owners are biased!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Albert G. Boyce" <Albert_Boyce@...>
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2005 6:02 PM
Subject: [campernicholson] Stern Tube Cooling
>I have a 1976 model with a Perkins 4-108 and the hydraulic drive. There is
> a small tube and hose that runs from the heat exchanger output to the
> tube collar. The fitting on the collar was corroded when I purchased the
> boat 6 years. A bronze hose barb was installed and that has now since
> The yard that did the original replacement thought the line was intended
> aid in cooling the shaft. It seems to me that as long as the shaft drips
> it is rotating, this additional raw water would not be providing any
> that is not already being achieved be the seawater entering the stern tube
> and dripping into the bilge.
> I am wondering if this was a standard installation or something that one
> the previous owners has jury rigged. I am considering removing this
> assembly and plugging the holes in the collar.
> Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
> Al Boyce
> Discovery CN35 #132.
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