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Re: Pearson 303 Stuffing Box Flax Size?

The packing size is determined by the outer diameter of the shaft and the inner diameter of the stuffing nut. Without knowing these dimensions it is a guessing game.
Chances are though that 3/16" or 1/4" packing will work for you.
We have a 1" od shaft and our stuffing box takes 3/16" packing (NOT 1/4" which is too tight).
You should be able to get 3 (or more) rings of packing into the gland before tightening it.

While you are working on this area of your boat you might also check the cutless bearing & shaft for wear. Also check the shaft log hose to see if it needs replacing.

Hope you get in by June 1st.

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