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post #59 of Old 12-29-2012
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Re: Dripless Shaft Seal versus Stuffing Box

For all of you stuck on the traditional packing box. A couple of notes. When packing is continually tightened over time the shaft will be grooved at this point. I have witnessed broken shafts that feel out of boats because of this. It does cause a little more than a drip I promise. Also have seen many log hoses replaced with exhaust/ water hose and rusty clamps that just fall off. No matter witch systems you use always check your shaft log before leaving your vessel will go a long way to piece of mind. When ever you leave a boat always check bilges and listen for running water Then and only then can you continue to lose sleep over her for every reason.

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