I'm sad. Me old mate is sick in hospital and it's all because I neglected her. There is a major problem in her water works. Now before you get thinking along the wrong road; my boat is not home. She's in dry dock at Narooma, 30kms away and I left her there, all alone, this morning. I never checked it once last year while back and forth to medicos and hospitals. It also wasn't used much. This year she's been in the wet perhaps ten or twelve times and I only checked the gear case a week or so ago. The news is all bad. The main seal has failed and the poor old thing has possibly been lubricated with sea water for several months. The bearings of course will be stuffed too. The major concern is that if it has caused rust anywhere, it will be on the main drive shaft, and could mean the shaft being unable to be removed. We'll cross that bridge when they get the prop off and sort out a parts list. Meantime, if I don't go out with someone I'm also dry docked for a week or so. Noel.