So the weekend is finally here and we will tonight get our first glimpse of what we have instore over the coming months.
We already know that there will be oil in the stern drive oil, as in the picture opposite from a few years ago. The seals were very badly damaged last weekend so we expect to find a similar yoghurt like mixture tomorrow when we drain down the oil. Before we do any work on the drive we will refill it tomorrow and flush it through with fresh oil. We will leave the clean oil in the drive for a couple of weeks occasionally spinning the props to try and capture any remaining water which is in the system and then we will drain the oil again, before refilling it again with fresh oil to give it a final flush through before changing the seals and fitting the new shaft at which point it will then be filled with its final lot of oil.
The rest of this weekend will be spent having a good look around the hull and inspecting every nook and cranny for any signs of damage or areas which need some attention. We also plan to scrub down the transom which does tend to get a bit grubby as it isn't easy to clean with the boat in the water.
Hopefully by the end of this weekend we should have a clearer picture of what works need to be completed and how busy our winter will truly be.