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Talking Stuffing box ooze

Hey again, something else niggling my primordial sailors brain... I put some new stuffing in and it seems to not be dripping water like I know it should, but when I loosen it as little as I can, it drips too much. The shaft isn't getting hot after load for up to ten minutes at 3/5 throttle. Also there seems to be a yellowish ooze emmiting where the water should be coming out. could that be from the wax from the new stuffing ? Thanks again .
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Re: Stuffing box ooze

Could be, if you used conventional flax stuffing that is waxed.

Teflon/graphite empregnated stuffing materials will usually leave a gray ooze, if any.
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Re: Stuffing box ooze

You say the shaft isn't getting hot, but what about the stuffing box. If something other than water is oozing out your may be melting the packing in the gland. If that has happened, you will need to repack it. Chuck
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Re: Stuffing box ooze

I think if the packing gland doesn't feel hot you can continue running it... give it another 10 or 20 minutes (checking frequently for heat) and by then it should start to drip water. I observed the same thing you describe last time I repacked my stuffing box with traditional packing, and after a little while the oozing stopped and it started to drip while running.

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ps - In my response, I assumed that you repacked the stuffing box (as opposed to adding packing material). If that's not the case, than you should remove and replace all of the old packing.
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Re: Stuffing box ooze

I just accepted a 83 Ericson 35-3 . She has been on the hard for a few years. Would you Suggest Replacing the Stuffing? Before i set her back in? Can I do it with her in the water?

What else should I do or inspect?
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Re: Stuffing box ooze

I'd do it now, you won't be fighting the leak during an in water change . . . given you're not familiar with all her idiosyncrasies yet . . .(new to you, on the hard for ? yrs) also check ALL those hoses and through hulls, clamps etc. Now is also the time for any bottom work, zincs . . . .Ericsons were a very high quality build boat enjoy! and don't forget ericsonyachts.org
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Re: Stuffing box ooze

Dave's (Post #4) answer is spot on... Drippage should be checked while shaft is engaged and at normal rpm. One drop every 4-5 seconds is adequate. Just shows gland is full of water and therefor lubricating. As Dave stated giveaway is temp. Cool is good, warm is ok, hot is not.
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