What is the best way to "waterproofâ€ an otherwise non-waterproof reel? The conditions will be prolonged full submerged operation not the occasional dunk. I know the obvious options buy a VS for $$$$$$ or a Neptune for $$. However, I am psychologically linked to the old style coffee grinder, bucket of bolts, drilled out, bullet proof bailess reels having used a Crack 300 in very difficult conditions up to last year. Sad to say the Crack (had the flyer and main shaft sealed by the Surfcaster) is giving up the ghost and I am hesitant to have it rebuilt/rehabbed again. So, can a 706Z be adequately waterproofed to survive?
I am working on two assumptions;
1. That the primary entry point for water is around the main shaft.
2. That the average Penn 706Z can easily have the gear case sealed with the exception of the main shaft.
From my point of view the water will impact reel in two areas and in two ways.
1. Water on the drag washers can decrease drag performance, and
2. Water intrusion into the gear case can displace the lubricant.
1. Corrosion of the drag washer stack, and
2. Corrosion of the internal workings particularly the bearings.
Can anyone seal a 706Z the way my Crack was sealed?
What other options other than $$$$$$ or $$ do I have?