Jon from Indiana
Good point Tom, I didn't think of that. I will definitely do that before I leave on Sunday or when I get home. Hopefully it was just a loose screw but we shall see.Jon, I would recommend checking that gear oil when you get back from the gathering. If you get water in it this time of year and don't remember it, it can cause you a major problem. If it has water and we get a freeze, it can crack the lower unit casing. That is a major expense. With just the cost of a little tube of gear oil, you will sleep a lot better. And it would probably be well worth it to replace the two seals.
If when you load your boat up to leave the big river, you loosen the bottom drain screw and let just a little gear oil out and then tighten it back up, you will know if there is water in the oil because it will be milky. If you don't loosen the top screw you will not lose much oil in the process.
Just a thought.