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post #4 of Old 11-22-2006
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the stuffing box is lubed-sealed with either water, flax, some type of new fancy-schmanchy (technical term) no stick-um packing that keeps it turning and the dry in, and the wet out. . There really should be no water ingress into the boat. period.

good links...

Some bronze bushing so do have a carbon/petroleum based lube imbedded in the bushing itself, but, this is not a sealing device, its a lube.

The cutlass bearing is a whole 'nother breed o'cat.
heres a really good link....

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