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Old 03-27-2013
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Re: Send packing the stuffing gland..

Here are my 2˘;

I suspect that when Tubsmacker experienced the original problem that several things that may have happened;
  1. the broken motor mounts may have caused (or been caused by) the prop shaft to become untrue (bent).
  2. a bent prop shaft will have caused the stuffing box to chafe the stern tube so that it may now be tapered.
  3. tightening the hose clamps with a tapered stern tube will push the stuffing box hose forward.
  4. if the shaft is still untrue, this will also contribute to the stuffing box hose moving forward.
  5. If there is any grease present on the stern tube, it would exacerbate the slippage.

I advise looking closely at the shaft while the boat is hauled, and be prepared to replace it. I would also look closely at the stern tube (shaft log), and be prepared with epoxy and cloth to effect a repair here.

While the boat is hauled, I would also take this opportunity to add a bilge pump, and the requisite plumbing, which is hard wired to the largest of your battery banks.

Good luck!

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