SailNet Community - View Single Post - Does a first sail ever go as planned?
View Single Post
post #16 of Old 10-06-2013
Senior Member
davidpm's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Madison
Posts: 4,100
Thanks: 274
Thanked 63 Times in 54 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

Originally Posted by capta View Post
Nicely written tale; I enjoyed it, thanks.
A packing gland should leak a little bit, maybe a couple of drips a minute in the slip and a bit more under way. The water lubricates the packing. It needs to be tightened periodically, so check it every now and then.
Servicing Your Stuffing Box - BoatTECH Guides by Don Casey | BoatUS

Should not leak when the engine is stopped.
Just two to three drops a minute when underway.

The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.
davidpm is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome