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Old 05-10-2013
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Stuffing box question

As can be seen in my other posts, I am learning the sailing ropes as I also learn the ins and outs a new to me 1966 Hinterhoeller 28. Today I was rest running the A4 in gear at my slip. I had made some fuel systems adjustments. I ran about mid throttle for 15 minutes. Going below immediately following shutdown I reached in to feel the prop shat, stuffing box, and gland. All appears to be fairly old so I have been wondering. However everything was cool to the touch. Upon restart I looked again for dripping but saw nothing. Bilge and engine area are dry. Upon further look, I noticed a grease cap on top of stuffing box. It looks just like the cap on the A4 water pump. So I tightened it a1/4 turn and all seems fine. My question is how unusual is it to have a grease cap? Also does the presence of grease somehow negate the need to dripping? I see zero dripping at this. What do you think
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