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post #49 of Old 03-27-2013
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Re: Send packing the stuffing gland..

Hi Eherlihy and thanks for taking the time to consider my problem.

I had considered that the shaft could have been bent during the first incident but couldn't see any evidence of this when it was inspected albeit in situ.

The stuffing box shouldn't get close to the stern tube as its connected with a set of clips to the 5 inch rubber tube that slides on to the stern tube. However I will check that.

There may well be an issue with a bent shaft though so I think I will pull that and replace if required. I still don't know if I feel I could ever trust this set again though.

As for the bilge pump I replaced/fitted a huge one with a float switch before the last fiasco. but my emergency pumps stopped the water getting down that far this time.
I have to say though that last time this happened the big bilge pump did kick in but the pump out rate seemed wholly less than the claimed figure when I purchased it. possibly due to height from bilge to outlet on my high freeboard boat. That's why I have the standby pumps to hand.
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