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post #6 of Old 05-11-2013
copacabana
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Re: Stuffing box question

I have the same setup (stuffing box with a hose connected to a grease gun mounted on the bulkhead in the engine compartment). The grease allows you to run dripless and lubricates the shaft. I believe you should apply a little quarter turn for every 6 hours of engine running or enough to keep it from dripping. On mine I know it has enough grease when I start to see a little grease finding its way out from around the shaft. Although uncommon on sailboats, most fishing boats here have the same setup and it seems to go a long way towards preserving the shaft and stuffing (fishing boats get heavy use and abuse).

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