Shift cable bellow- boat leak!
Over the weekend, the bilge filled up with water pretty fast, had to run the pump and get boat out of the water quickly. Once I drained the water out, put it back in the water to locate the source of the leak- it was about the diameter of a dime of water coming into the bilge. Pulled the boat out and saw the rubber bellow that covers the shift cable was broken, I went ahead and tied a rope to clamp down the bellow, put it back into the water and there was no leak.
Has this happened to someone else before? I was surprised to see how much water came into the bilge when there was a cracked bellow. This is my first inboard motor boat. Went ahead and ordered the new bellow, will have to disconnect the shift cable, pull it out, put the new bellow on and put the cable back.
Also- steering on the 97 maxum 1700 sr is a bit stiff, everything I have read said to replace steering cable or flush out the cable tubing (which seems to be a pain in the butt). The steering squeaks right in the steering column, anything I should try first before going ahead and getting new steering cable? Thanks for any help!