View Full Version : should I drive the boat with a torn bellows??

09-03-2011, 11:37 AM
This may be a dumb question, but is it a terrible idea to drive the boat with a tear in the bellows? Will the boat sink? I am thinking it may have had a tear for a while, because I had to replace 2 gimble bearing this year. I can only assume that this bearing will be shot now too, so what will 1 more day do.....:confused::confused:

What are your thoughts??

09-03-2011, 11:57 AM
your u-joints and driveshaft will be rusted up too

09-03-2011, 12:02 PM
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Is it a bad idea to go ahead and drive the boat today?

Barry Eller
09-03-2011, 12:27 PM
I think you have been running it with a bad bellows. Torn bellows have caused a lot of boats to sink....don't leave it unattended, make sure your bilge pump works. Fix it.

09-03-2011, 04:18 PM
clean the area around the hole,use oil free thinner or laquir thinner,get a tube ofr super fast windshield adheisive and smear some over the whole hole and let it dry,,go boating for the weekend and fix it next week..this is a tempory fixx and should get you through the weekend..

09-03-2011, 07:06 PM
Of course use it. Most people go for days/weeks using their boat with that problem wondering why the auto bilge keeps turning on....