After speaking with you at the Miami Boat Show I have decided to put into writing my experience with the Tides Marine Shaft Seal. I purchased this boat brand new in 2000, 42 Ft twin Cummins. Upon taking delivery I cruised from Ft. Walton Beach to Miami and then to the Bahamas.
As with any good cruising Captain, I look over all the operating systems of the boat each day and make any adjustments needed. The Tides Marine Shaft Seals are just another of the items that are checked each cruising day.
From talking with other captains, it seems that the dripless units begin to leak around the 5th year. Over the past seventeen years, I have cruised the loop twice. Many trips to the Bahamas. from Key West to the Dry Tortuga’s.
After over 24,000 miles (measured from the GPS), 3,000 hours and not the first leak from the Tides Marine Shaft Seal.
I have decided that it is now time to swap out the lip seals, even though they are not leaking. Your instructions on how to do the change ourselves is appreciated. On my next haul out I will install the new lip seals.
I am pleased to have provided this testimonial and I am one very happy customer.
Ledger Davis Vessel Laissez-Faire