I have a 1979 C&C 29 Mk1, and I need to repack the stuffing box with the boat in the water. I have already tightened it a few times with short term sucess. I plan to use an old sliced-open bike tube to wrap around the stuffing box while I am working on the repacking, but I want to minimize the time which I have the gland nut off. Does anyone know what is a packing size a C&C 29 would use? I believe it has a 1" shaft.
The marina at which I keep the boat is not conveniently close to a marine supplies stores so I am hoping someone familiar with a C&C 29 would know which size flax to purchase or which size is likely. Given a probable size, I may tempt to purchase several sizes (say 1/8, 3/16, 1/4 ) and try to arrange a return after the work.
I see that West Marine sells Teflon Flax and GTU Gore. But in googling GTU, I came across GFO Gore-Tex dripless packing (see www.gfopacking.com
). Does anyone have experience with GFO?
Any input into the size or even which type of packing material would be great. Thanks.